As a tropical country, summer is almost round the clock in Malaysia. As of August 13, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has recorded a scorching 34 degrees Celsius in Perak, Kelantan, and Pahang! It is the highest temperature recorded so far and is expected to last until August 19, while other states will continue to experience extreme heat until October!
The hot weather will continue till October due to the Southwest Monsoon
As of the third week of May, Malaysia is already experiencing hot weather due to the Southwest Monsoon. The decrease of convection during the Southwest Monsoon lead to a drier weather. In addition to Perak, Pahang, and Kelantan, other states will be experiencing an average of 33 degrees Celsius each day! MetMalaysia predicts that cooler weather will be experienced this October as the inter-monsoon period arrives.
Precautionary measures to cool down this season
MetMalaysia is also calling the attention of the public to take precautionary measures like drinking plenty of water and minimize exposure to the sun if possible to avoid diseases such as heatstroke. Furthermore, according to our country’s definition of the heatwave, we have 3 levels to classify heat and guide us: Level 1 (alert level) is temperature ranges from 35 to 37°C for three consecutive days. Level 2 or the “heatwave level” is temperature over 37°C for three days, while Level 3 is also called as the “emergency level” is when the temperature rises from 40°C and above in three days straight!