KL & Petaling Now In METMalaysia's Level 1 Heatwave Warning

It warned that temperatures have been between 35°C and 37°C.

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Kuala Lumpur and Petaling are the latest areas to join Malaysian Meteorological Department's (METMalaysia) Level 1 heatwave warnings

In a hot weather update by METMalaysia on Thursday, 29 February, it said a total of 23 areas in the country are now under the Level 1 heatwave alert.

The areas namely are: the entire state of Perlis; Pulau Langkawi, Kota Setar, Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap, Sik, Yan, Pendang, and Baling in Kedah; Seberang Perai Utara, Seberang Perai Tengah, and the Northeast of Penang; Kuala Kangsar in Perak; Petaling and Sepang in Selangor; as well as Kuala Lumpur.

Beaufort in Sabah and Limbang in Sarawak are also under the Level 1 heatwave alert at the moment.

Pokok Sena in Kedah is the only area under a Level 2 heatwave alert in Malaysia, having recorded temperatures of over 37°C

A Level 1 alert is issued when temperatures at a location are between 35°C and 37°C for three consecutive days.

Level 2 alerts are issued when daily temperatures hover between 37°C and 40°C for three consecutive days.

The highest warning, Level 3, is issued when temperatures exceed 40°C for three consecutive days.

METMalaysia had earlier warned that this hot and dry weather is expected to last until the end of March

Its director-general, Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, had advised the public to limit their time outdoors to avoid being overexposed to the heat and the lack of rain.

Stay safe! Many vulnerable groups of people are at risk of heatstroke when exposed to the sun for too long:

Meanwhile, here are some funny and creative ways Malaysians have tried to cool down in this hot weather:

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