By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SHAH ALAM, Jan 21 — Thunderstorms, heavy rains and strong winds are expected to hit seven districts in Selangor until 1pm today, says the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia).
In a warning issued at 9.45am on Facebook, the agency said the districts affected are Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak, Petaling, Hulu Langat and Sepang.
“Other areas that will be similarly affected include Kedah (Padang Terap, Sik and Baling), Perak (Bagan Datuk, Hilir Perak, Batang Padang and Muallim), Pahang (Cameron Highlands, Lipis, Raub, Jerantut, Bentong, Temerloh, Maran and Bera), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
“Apart from that, several areas in Negeri Sembilan (Jelebu, Seremban and Jempol), Sabah (Ranau, Tawau, Kunak, Telupid, Beluran, Sandakan and Kudat) are also expected to see the inclement weather,” the agency said.
MetMalaysia issues warnings whenever signs indicate a thunderstorm with a rain intensity exceeding 20 mm that is close to or is expected to occur for more than an hour.
A thunderstorm warning is a short-term warning valid for a period not exceeding six hours for a single release.