Heat wave hits Bali

Heat wave hits Bali

BALI - The weather in southern Bali has been extremely hot over the past several days, much higher than normal, with high temperatures prevailing from morning to late evening. The high temperatures have caused residents, as well as tourists, to adjust their daily activities to cope.

The famed Kuta Beach has also been impacted, with the number of tourists visiting the beach falling by around 50 per cent. Sunbathing is no longer the favourite activity on the beach since the high temperature is too much for the tourists.

"Tourists continue to sunbathe, but do so under the trees rather than in open areas. The scorching temperature has been extreme," Kuta Beach task force head I Gusti Ngurah Tresna told Bali Daily on Saturday.

The high temperature is also disturbing residents on the island. Puspawati, who lives in Renon, complained, "It is felt extremely hot when we are riding a motorbike."

She said her young son had become fussy and could not settle during the heat wave. "Even if we turn on the fan all day long, it is still too hot. It is really disturbing," she said.

Head of the data and information division at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Bali chapter, I Nyoman Wiryajaya, said that the scorching temperature was caused due to the current position of the sun, which was directly above Bali. "This is an annual phenomenon caused by the earth orbiting the sun," Wirajaya said.

Wirajaya said the sun was now heading south, away from its current position along the equator. "The sun's position at this time is right above Bali, thus creating higher temperatures," he stated.

He explained that the orbiting of the earth caused the sun to be directly over the equator twice a year. Last September, the sun reached the equator, causing an area of West Kalimantan lying directly below it to be hit by extremely high temperatures. "From the equator, the sun is now heading to the south. Bali is located to the south of the equator. This is why we have high temperatures now," he said.

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