By Zaki Salleh
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department predicts a Northeast Monsoon or winter monsoon in the country starting on November 11, continuing until March 2024.
During this period, four to six episodes of heavy rain are expected.
The early phase from November 2023 to January 2024 may bring heavy rain to Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, and western Sarawak.
However, if the monsoon is strong and coincides with a low-pressure weather system, continuous heavy rain may occur in other states, leading to potential flooding.
Continuous heavy rain, combined with high tides and storm surges, could increase the risk of extreme flooding.
Persistent strong northeast winds may cause turbulent seas, elevated sea levels, and large waves in the South China Sea.
In the later phase from February to March 2024, northern Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Labuan, and northern Sarawak are expected to experience reduced rainfall.
The anticipated hot and dry weather from March 2024 may lead to heatwaves, attributed to the ongoing El Niño phenomenon until mid-2024 and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) until the first quarter of 2024.
The public is advised to prepare for the monsoon season and stay vigilant with information, advice, forecasts, and weather warnings issued by the Malaysian Meteorological Department.