Brunei to experience prolonged dry spell

Buildings shrouded in haze last year.
The Brunei Times

BRUNEI is forecasted to experience a prolonged dry spell with daily temperatures reaching 34°C, with the El Nino weather phenomenon expected to continue into March.

The Meteorological Department said yesterday that the presence of a "strong El Nino phenomenon in our region" will cause significant reduction in the rainfall formations over the sultanate, especially in the coming months.

February and March are typically driest months for Brunei in terms of rainfall, with scorching weather conditions exacerbated by the El Nino effect. Daily temperatures could exceed 34°C, said the Met Department.

The country's chief weather authority advised members of the public to save water and avoid open burning during the dry spell.

"Motorists are also urged to drive with caution in case of haze and fog events that can reduce the visibility on roads," the Department said in a statement yesterday.

"We shall continue to monitor the weather situation and will issue appropriate weather advisories or warnings, as and when necessary."

For the latest weather updates, the public can contact the on-duty meteorological forecaster at the Brunei Forecast Centre, through Weather Line 114, or visit the website at www.met.gov.bn or follow the Facebook page (bruneiweather) and Brunei WX mobile application.