KUALA LUMPUR, August 1 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the El Nino phenomenon has commenced, and its intensity is projected to increase from the end of 2023 to the beginning of 2024 with a probability exceeding 90%. El Nino occurs when the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean near the Equator exceeds 0.5°C compared to the long-term average. This phenomenon typically transpires every two to seven years and lasts between nine and 12 months.

In early 2024, the impact of El Nino is expected to intensify, leading to prolonged hot and dry weather conditions in the country. Consequently, there will be an increase in temperature, a reduction in rainfall, and a potential for haze if the burning of forests and peatlands is not controlled. Amidst the hot weather, it is advised that all parties adopt water-saving measures. People should also avoid open burning, minimize outdoor activities, and ensure adequate hydration.

The Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MET Malaysia) will continue to monitor weather conditions nationwide and issue a Heat Wave Advisory if the daily maximum temperature exceeds 37.0°C for three consecutive days. The public is urged to remain vigilant of weather changes and obtain the latest information and warnings through MET Malaysia’s official website, the myCuaca application, and their social media platforms.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change emphasizes the importance of preparedness and adherence to safety measures during the anticipated El Nino episode. Public cooperation is crucial to mitigate potential risks and ensure the well-being of all individuals affected by the weather conditions. The ministry remains committed to monitoring and addressing environmental concerns to safeguard Malaysia’s natural resources and maintain a sustainable climate for future generations.

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