The public is again reminded to drink a lot of water and to be careful when doing outdoor activities. The heatwave is now affecting nine states in the country with scorching temperatures between 35°C and 40°C. The heatwave first hit the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has put a district in Kedah on Level 2 heatwave alert while 23 districts in seven states and one federal territory in the peninsula are on Level 1 after temperatures increased.Source: The Star
Last Sunday, 17th March, the Pendang district in Kedah was issued a Level 2 heatwave alert, where temperatures were between 37°C to over 40°C for at least three consecutive days. If the temperature exceeds 40 degree Celsius for at least three consecutive days, a Level 3 alert will be raised which would allow the federal government to declare a state of emergency.
On Sunday (Mar 17), the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) said a Level 2 heatwave alert, for temperatures between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius over at least three consecutive days, has been issued for Pendang district.Source: Channel News Asia
As the heatwave hits several places in the country, schools are discouraged to hold any activities as the minor El-Nino phenomenon is expected to last until May. In a statement by Meteorological Department, the heatwave is due to low rainfall during the tail end of the Northeast monsoon period and also to many days without rainfall. However, it is expected the condition will decrease following a monsoon transition phase that will bring more rain to the country.
“The dry weather and conditions and high recorded maximum temperatures now are due to the many days without rainfall and low rainfall during the tail end of the Northeast monsoon period”Source: Meteorological Department, The Sun Daily
In 1998 and 2016, the country had experienced a severe heatwave with the super El Nino phenomenon. In 2016, 260 schools were once closed for a period of time due to a heatwave which also affected food production and caused a chronic water shortage.
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