KOTA KINABALU: The hot weather and minimal rain Sabah is experiencing now is expected to prolong for a week but the temperature remains normal, according to the Sabah Meteorological Department.
Its director, Azemi Daud, said yesterday the maximum temperature in the state currently was 33 degrees Celsius, which he pointed out was normal.
“The department will continue to monitor the temperature and issue a warning should a heat wave phenomenon occur,” he told Bernama.
Azemi said that based on the survey of international climate models, there was a 90 per cent probability of the El Nino phenomenon occurring in Sabah up to March and a 60 per cent probability of it prolonging until May.
As such, he advised the people to refrain from open burning and to save water.
The MetMalaysia website has forecast minimum temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius as well as scattered rainfall in the state up to Jan 19. – Bernama