‘This year is predicted to be the hottest since 1998’ – Nik Nazmi

‘This year is predicted to be the hottest since 1998’ – Nik Nazmi

KOTA BHARU: The country is now experiencing El Nino-related hot weather, which is predicted to last till July, according to Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.

In contrast to other states like Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, he added, the situation would see hotter temperatures in a number of regions, particularly in Kelantan, Perlis, and Kedah.

It is also predicted, he says, that this year would be the hottest since 1998.

“The last time such hot weather hit the country was around 1998 in Perlis,” he told reporters after the launch of the MADANI NRES Adopted Village Ceremony in Kampung Aril, Melor, here today.

He added that the scorching weather had already begun to change and that rain will start to fall in the next month or two, based on the weather reports that he had received.

“However, the hot weather conditions may persist for another month or two, and the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) will monitor this matter.

“In addition, we will also monitor and be vigilant about haze in the country and border areas as we see several effects of fires involving peat soil,” he said.

According to Nik Nazmi, his ministry is working with PETRA, the Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation, to monitor water levels and, in case it becomes essential, explore cloud seeding options.

He noted that the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and MetMalaysia must provide direction and collaboration for public cloud seeding, which cannot be done at random.

“The cost of cloud seeding is high and depends on weather factors. Therefore, I will discuss this matter with the state government,” he said.

Because of this, Nik Nazmi advised all elementary and secondary school pupils to be hydrated and dress appropriately for the weather when they attend class.

“Previously, there have been cases of heat stroke involving children and adults, so I urge everyone to be cautious of the excessively hot weather,” he said.

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