Drier weather, less rainfall expected as southwest monsoon to last May 15–Sep 2023

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KUCHING, May 9: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) forecasts drier weather and less rainfall across the country as the southwest monsoon will begin on May 15 and last until September 2023.

MetMalaysia director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah stated in a press release today that most parts of the country will experience a greater number of days without rain.

“However, heavy rain with strong winds and lightning due to the squall line phenomenon may still occur on the west coast of the peninsula and west of Sabah, particularly in the early morning.

“A squall line is a line of thunderstorms formed by gathering winds that can last for several hours,” Helmi explained.

He also cautioned that haze may occur during the southwest monsoon if open burning is not controlled, especially from July to September.

“Therefore, open burning should be avoided in order to reduce the effects of haze and pollution on the environment. During this time, the general public is also advised to use water wisely,” he added.

Up-to-date weather information may be obtained from MetMalaysia’s website, the myCuaca mobile application, and the Department’s official social media channels. Members of the public may also call the MetMalaysia hotline at 1-300-22-1638 with any further questions. — DayakDaily