Inter-monsoon rains will wash away haze soon, says Met

Air pollution from transboundary smoke haze enveloped Malaysia, with parts of western Sarawak most affected. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Inter-monsoon thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds are expected from Tuesday, which will ease the air pollution from smoke haze shrouding the country, according to the Meteorological Department.

The Met’s director-general, Jailan Simon, said regional areas would receive wind from various directions with low speeds, which poses a potential for the formation of thunderstorms.

The beginning of the inter-monsoon phase marks the end of the Southwest Monsoon season, which began on May 6.

From Tuesday (Sept 24) until early November, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and strong winds could be expected, especially in the evening and night on the peninsular west coast and interior, the west coast of Sabah and Sarawak, and central Sarawak, he said in a statement here today.

Air quality improved in most of Malaysia after several days of “very unhealthy” readings.

The weather condition also has the potential to cause flash floods and damage weak infrastructures, he said.

Weather predictions and warnings issued by the department are available at www.met.gov.my, or through the myCuaca application and social media.