KOTA KINABALU - The anticipated heavy rainfall and strong winds in Sabah's east coast and northern regions did not materialise when tropical storm Jangmi dissipated without much incident over the Sulu Sea.
The storm that had caused 53 deaths in the Philippines blew itself out on Dec 31, said Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin.
He said the wet weather in the state was due to a confluence of a north-easterly monsoon and a cold surge of winds from Siberia.
Malek said that while the cold surge was expected to ease off today, the rainy weather in Sabah was likely to persist for several more days.
The department had earlier advised people in the east coast and northern regions to expect heavy rainfall and strong winds from Jangmi until Sunday.