Malaysians must brace for hotter days ahead!

Published on : Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MalaysiaWith the country now experiencing the south west monsoon, Malaysians must brace for hotter days ahead.

Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD) director-general Che Gayah Ismail said the monsoon season will bring about hot and dry weather and the dry spell is forecast to last until September.


“There will be little rain, mostly only early in the morning at the coastal areas, as well as areas south of Selangor,” she told Bernama here, today adding that weather conditions can worsen and lead to haze if there was indiscriminate open burning.


A random observation here today saw weather conditions quite hazy but Che Gayah said it could be because there was no rain over the past few days.


She further said that the condition was not due to the volcanic activities of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra although volcanic ash was moving towards the central of Peninsular Malaysia and its altitude when passing the Peninsular was above 6,000 feet.


According to the latest satellite image on ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (AMSC), there no hotspots were detected in Peninsular Malaysia but two each in Sabah and Sarawak was detected.


A check with the Department of Environment showed that all 52 areas monitored nationwide for air quality today showed good to moderate Air Pollutant Index.


Meanwhile, Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Philip said the current hot spell can cause dehydration if they sweat and do not drink enough water.


He said this can occur even if they stayed in the shade, but the condition will be severe when people are exposed to direct sunlight.


“As dehydration progresses, the affected person will start to feel weak, dizzy and disoriented or confused, as blood pressure starts to drop and body temperature rises.


“In order to stay cool and avoid heat related problems, drink enough water,” he told Bernama in an email reply today, adding that those who suffered from dehydration should move to a cool place and start sipping water.


Dr Ashok also advised those who are fasting to drink regularly throughout the night and “top up” their fluid intake before starting the fast.

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