ONSET OF SOUTHWEST MONSOON

Met Malaysia Press Statement, 15 May 2014

The Southwest Monsoon has commenced in Malaysia on 15 May 2014 and is expected to persist until September 2014. The Southwest Monsoon is generally a dry season for Malaysia. During this period, the country will have more days without rain compared to the rainy days. Normally, the rain occurs in the morning especially over the coastal areas of west coast states
in Peninsular Malaysia.

During the Southwest Monsoon, rainfall amount is expected to be below normal in June for all states, and will return to normal from July till September, except for Sarawak. Sarawak is expected to be drier than normal for the month of June, July and September while the rainfall amount in August for the state will be at the normal level.

According to the statement issued by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 15 April 2014, El Nino is expected to occur around the middle of this year. However, it is still early to determine its strength. The El Nino life span can last between 6 and 18 months.

In general, the country will receive less amount of rainfall during the El Nino year, especially for Sabah and Sarawak. However, this situation is highly dependent on the strength of the El Nino. MetMalaysia will continuously monitor this situation and provide the latest information from time to time

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