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Northeast monsoon from Saturday, six intense downpour episodes expected

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Four to six episodes of heavy rain are predicted during the northeast monsoon season, which is expected from November 11 until March 2024.

Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said the episodes are expected to occur in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, and western Sarawak during the early phase of the northeast monsoon from November to January 2024.

“However, if the monsoon rain is strong and at the same time there is a low-pressure weather system, continuous heavy rains can occur in other states in Malaysia.

“Continuous heavy rain for several days may result in flooding in the low-lying and flood-risk areas,” he said in a statement today.

If continuous heavy rain occurs simultaneously with high tides and storm surges, the risk of flooding could be more extreme.

“Apart from that, continuous and strong northeasterly winds can cause rough seas, the risk of rising sea levels and large waves in the waters of the South China Sea,” Helmi said.

Based on MetMalaysia’s forecast, north of the Peninsula (Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu), Sabah, Labuan, and northern Sarawak are expected to experience less rain in the final phase of the northeast monsoon, which is from February to March 2024.

“The hot and dry weather expected to start in March 2024 has the potential to cause a heat wave. This situation follows the El Nino, which is expected to continue until the middle of 2024 and the positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is expected until the first quarter of 2024,” he added.

As such, Helmi advised the public to prepare for the monsoon season and be vigilant to the information, advice, forecast and warnings issued by Metalaysia.

The public can get more information through the website www.met.gov.my, the myCuaca app, and MetMalaysia’s official social media as well as the MetMalaysia hotline at 1-300-22-1638.

— Bernama

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