Recent weather conditions making life difficult for many Malaysians

Recent weather conditions making life difficult for many Malaysians
A fallen tree almost covering two cars after being uprooted during a storm in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday evening.

PETALING JAYA - Blazingly hot one moment, wet and windy the next are the weather conditions that have been making life difficult for many Malaysians these past few weeks.

The mornings quickly turned into hot and dry days so many dress lightly to stay cool but by the afternoon, they are feeling cold from the pouring rain and strong winds.

It's the inter monsoon period, according to the National Weather Centre, and the quirky weather conditions are expected to last until early May.

The centre's senior meteorological officer, Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, said these hot and then wet days were typical of the period.

"During this season, clear skies generally herald the morning and afternoon but this turns into thunderstorms and heavy rain by the late afternoon or evening.

"With the storms come strong winds that can reach speeds of more than 60kph," he said, adding that in clear weather the winds would only be blowing at about 10kph or less.

He said people should be more cautious during these storms because the strong winds could uproot trees or cause branches to break, posing a danger to motorists or anyone outdoors at the time.

The inter monsoon stretch marks the transition from the north-east monsoon season to the south-west monsoon period and happens between March and May.

"Areas most affected during this period would be the west coast states in the peninsula, as well as the coastal areas of Sarawak," said Dr Mohd Hisham.

"This will go on until early May when the south-west monsoon takes place, after which much of the rain will fall in the morning over the west coast of the peninsula.

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