A heatwave is coming, and it will start from the north of the Malaysian peninsular. According to the Meteorological Department’s National Weather and Geophysics Operations Centre Director Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, Perlis, Kedah and Perak are expected to reach 38°C. The normal temperatures in these areas usually range from 32°C to 34°C. This is due to dry conditions which are usually experienced during the tail-end of the northeast monsoon.
“Since it’s only the end of February, we may have to brace for two more months of hot weather before there is some relief, with increased showers nationwide during the inter-monsoon period at the end of April,”Source: MET Dept’s National Weather & Geophysics Operations Centre Director Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, NST
Temperatures were expected to peak between 2 pm and 4 pm in Peninsular Malaysia, and 1 pm and 3 pm in Sabah. He also advised the public to stop open burning and to exercise caution when carrying out outdoor activities.
“Drink sufficient amount of water and get updates on the weather from our website, the MetMalaysia social media account and myCuaca app.”Source: MET Dept’s National Weather & Geophysics Operations Centre Director Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, NST
On 26th of February, The Star reported that the heatwave has reached category 1 ( between 35°C and 37°C ) with the reading of 36°C and the hottest spots that were being reported is on the northern side of peninsular.
The hottest spots yesterday were Chuping (Perlis); Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar and Sik (Kedah), which all hit a high of 36°C.
The four areas, along with Kepong (Kuala Lumpur); Hulu Perak, Kuala Kangsar and Kinta (Perak); Maran (Pahang); and Tangkak (Johor) were placed on Category 1 or heatwave alert, according to data from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) website.Source: The Star
According to the Meteorological Department’s website, as of the 1st of March, only 3 areas are affected by the heatwave and it has been declared as category 1. These areas are in Kuala Kangsar and Kinta in Perak, and Kota Setar in Kedah.
METMalaysia explains that if once level 2 is issued when it reaches maximum temperature, appropriate emergency action will be taken and if its level 3, announcement would be made by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and paves the way for the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency.
According to MetMalaysia, a Level 2 alert is issued when the maximum temperature exceeds 37°C for three consecutive days. Declared by the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry (MESTECC), the alert allows relevant agencies to take appropriate emergency action, such as closing schools.A Level 3 alert is declared when the temperature exceeds 40°C for three consecutive days. The announcement would be made by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and paves the way for the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency.Source: NST
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