The hot weather that Malaysians have been experiencing since last February is expected to continue until the middle of March, as the country is entering its final phase of the Northeast Monsoon.
Director-General of the Malaysian Meteorological Department Jailan Simon said that during this period, rainfall is relatively low in the peninsula, especially in the northern areas.
“This phenomenon is common throughout the period from February to April every year,” he told Utusan Malaysia.
According to him, his team did not anticipate extraordinary hot weather this year. He said low rainfall over a long period of time can cause scorching weather, especially at night when there are no clouds.
“In hot weather conditions, everyone is advised to take austerity measure in water use. The public is also advised to avoid open burning, reduce outdoor activities and drink enough water,” he said.
Meanwhile, several districts in Selangor recorded unhealthy air level this morning based on the Air Pollution Index (IPU).
According to the Malaysian Air Pollution Index Management System (APIMS), three areas that recorded the highest unhealthy API readings were Johan Setia in Klang at 183 followed by Banting (165) and Petaling Jaya (141) at 8am today.