The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) forecasted the ongoing heat wave phenomenon to last until mid-March this year.
According to the Director-General of MetMalaysia, Jailan Simon, the country is currently at the last phase of the northeast monsoon and thus, there is relatively low rainfall in the peninsula, particularly the northern part.
“Low rainfall in the long run does cause the weather to be rather hot, especially during nighttime when the sky is clouded.
“We didn’t expect the unusual hot weather to occur this year,” he said via a statement dated today (February 16).
Jailan added that until now, the highest temperature during February is lower in comparison to last year.
The highest temperature in February 2021 (this month) was 36.2 degree Celsius, while it was 37.4 degree Celsius in February 2020, as observed by the Kuala Kangsar Meteorological Station in Perak.
Citizens are advised to take steps to save water usage, cease open burning, reduce outdoor activities and drink sufficient water.
“We also urge the public to be vigilant of weather changes and also to obtain the latest information and weather alerts via MetMalaysia’s official website, the myCuaca app and social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” he mentioned.