Malaysian city folks welcoming the rain with open arms

Malaysian city folks welcoming the rain with open arms

PETALING JAYA - The unexpected downpour in the past few days has been welcomed with open arms by city folk who have been bracing themselves for dry and hot days ahead.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD) has predicted that there will be no rain until this Thursday over the peninsula but things will change as it will get wet from Friday onwards.

The department's spokesperson Dr Hisham Mohd Anip said it was not normal for the country to experience this type of unexpected cold and windy isolated rain during the southwest monsoon season.

"This type of weather is taking place likely due to inactive tropical cyclone activity over the western pacific.

"The wind over our country has turned very light in absence of the tropical cyclone," he said when contacted yesterday.

Earlier, the MMD had predicted that the hot and dry weather would likely continue over the next two months.

In July, Dr Hisham said, the MMD had identified seven tropical cyclones that had caused the dry and hot weather in the country.

He also noted that around the middle of September, the inter monsoon weather will take place and this is going to bring more rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

City folk have welcomed the isolated evening rain which caught many by surprise as they were anticipating hot and dry weather.

Sherina Koris, 27, who lives in Kelana Jaya, said the evening rain was a stress reliever for those staying in Klang Valley and Selangor.

"Well, it has been very hot in the early part of the month, and the rain is a good thing for us. I am not so worried about having water problems," said Sherina, who works as a clerk.

A business manager, who wanted to be known as Emilia Tan, 28, said that the cold and windy weather helps her sleep and rest much better.

"It was really hot and I had to shower late at night, but now I can rest very well," she said.

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