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El Nino 2016 – Hot Sweltering Days Ahead!

El Nino 2016 - Hot Sweltering Days Ahead!

You may have noticed how HOT it has been recently. The peak ambient temperature in Malaysia has peaked at 33-34°C (91-93°F) for weeks now. Sadly, it looks like this hot weather is not only going to persist for several more months, it is going to get worse. Thanks to a strong El Nino phenomenon this year, a serious heat wave is coming…


Strong El Nino This Year

On Friday, the 8th of January 2016, the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation issued a press release about the persistent El Nino effect on the local weather. Take a look :


For those who cannot read Bahasa Malaysia, this is our English translation :

Hot Weather Expected Until March 2016

The hot and dry weather that is currently happening in Perlis and Kedah is expected to extend to the whole of Peninsular Malaysia by the end of January and lasting until March 2016. The same weather is also expected to affect Sabah as well as the regions of Limbang and Miri in Sarawak.

This weather condition is caused by the strong El Nino phenomenon that is underway, and is expected to last through the first quarter of 2016.

The strong El Nino phenomenon is expected to reduce rainfall by 20% – 60% and increase the ambient temperature by 0.5-2.0°C (0.9-3.6°F).

The public is advised to be cautious with their use of water and to reduce outdoor activities during this hot season.

In other words, we can look forward to a heat wave, coupled with a significant reduction in rainfall. This is likely to persist until the end of March.


What Should We Do?

It’s going to get real hot, and we will all turn on the air-conditioning. That’s going to cost us a fair bit of money since the heat wave will persist for at least 3 months. To prepare for the coming El Nino heat wave, you should take the following steps :

Most of the steps above will help you long after this heat wave is over. They may cost a fair bit of money but think long-term! Climate change is happening, and the weather is only going to get hotter, not colder. So whatever improvements you make will pay off long-term.

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