Hot days ahead, but met says temp won’t touch 40°C

Two girls keeping themselves cool as they walk to their school in Putrajaya. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Meteorological Department does not expect temperatures to hit 40°C, as hot weather continues nationwide.

The department said so far the hottest places were in the northern states, where temperatures reaching 38°C were recorded.

In the Klang Valley, temperature readings today were between 35 and 36°C.

Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, who heads the met department’s national weather and geophysics operation centre, said based on historical data, the hot season would usually end at the end of April or early May.

“During this time, half of the peninsular, particularly the northern areas will see clear skies, so there is maximum penetration of sunlight,” Hisham told FMT.

He said some thermometers would show 40°C and above during this period, but they are not accurate readings.

He said the met department’s readings met international standards.

Hisham said the country’s highest temperature in the past two decades was 40.1°C in 1998, in Chuping, Perlis.

“Even then, it was a strong El Nino year,” he added.

He said the weather could get warmer from March 21 onwards.

“On March 21, the equinox event sees the sun facing the equator directly and it will continue facing our country directly until April.

“So if there are no clouds it will be very hot, so hopefully on that day we will have cloud cover and better still, some rain.”