Here's Why You Shouldn't Be Too Happy About The News Of Upcoming Cooler Weather
Malaysians could see more rainy days ahead, which could last for up to 12 months, as the La Nina phenomenon is expected to hit the country early November
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said the phenomenon, which would start after October, would go on for up to 12 months.
"The La Nina phenomenon (with 75 per cent probability) is expected to occur after October. It typically extends for up to nine and 12 months."
"However, it is still early to predict its intensity as this can only be confirmed after October," he told the New Straits Times.
This serves as a good news for many Malaysians as the nation has been enduring the sweltering heatwave which was first detected in March 2015 before it peaked in last December
According to New Straits Times, Southeast Asia had to bear losses up to USD10 billion (RM40 billion) due to the El Nino.
Beginning of mid-April this year, the rain did not only help cool down the temperature, but millions of Malaysians were also relieved to know that the water dams were filling up, saving them from water shortage issues.
However, La Nina could bring other troubles to Malaysians such as the increase of dengue cases due to the excessive rain for instance
On Sunday, 29 May, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah cited studies in Malaysia and the Philippines that show that the La Nina phenomenon and rain would further increase the risk of dengue infection.
However, he has given his assurance that health authorities have taken necessary preventive measures to destroy Aedes breeding grounds in hotspots nationwide since April, particularly in the Klang Valley.
"The operation will be upgraded continuously to ensure Aedes mosquitoes do not breed when the country is facing the rainy season, especially with the coming La Nina phenomenon," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Besides that, higher rainfalls will also increase the likelihood of serious flooding problems occurring in the country
Climatologist and Oceanographer Prof Dr Fredolin Tangang from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia had made this prediction a few weeks ago.
"A La Nina condition will strengthen easterly winds across the Pacific and this will push moisture to the west and make our region becoming a moisture convergence region and monsoon strength is expected to increase and rainfall would be higher than normal," he was quoted as saying in an interview with Bernama on 12 May.
"In such condition, the likelihood of flooding is certainly higher, especially in the low-lying areas," he said.
In any case, rain is to be expected during the evenings as the monsoon transition period kicks in.
Don't forget to bring your umbrella!