|Monthly Rainfall Review|
In generally, our country is currently experiencing middle of Northeast Monsoon season, where most places have experience dry and cold conditions. These dry conditions caused by the winds blowing from northeast those bring the cold air from the central inland of China which experiences the cold weather at that moment. Besides, the main factor that causes the dry weather is the stability of atmosphere and less cloud formed at the same time. On January, south Peninsula and west Sarawak experiencing dry conditions with less rainfall amount between 20% and 60% below average. Meanwhile other areas of Sabah received rainfall amount in between 20% up to 60% above average.
(i) Peninsular Malaysia
In Peninsula especially Perlis, Northern Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johore and Southern Pahang experiencing less rainfall amount up to 60% below average with the monthly amount of rainfall about 100 mm. Meanwhile rainfall amount in other areas are at the normal level in between 150 mm to 280 mm. Dry conditions begin in mid January when the wind direction have changed direction from South China Sea which bring humid air to inland of China which bring cold and dry air.
The number of rain days for Peninsula was recorded between 2 and 20 days. There are areas have not received any rain for 21 consecutive days until end of January, the record are in Chuping, Malacca and Kluang Meteorological Station.
In Sarawak, some areas that experience the dry weather conditions are Kuching, Samarah and Sri Aman with the decreasing of rainfall amount in between 20% to 40% below the average level. Meanwhile, other areas show normal rainfall amount and slightly below average level with the rainfall recorded in between 400 mm and 500 mm.
Sarawak received rain almost every day with number of rain days recorded in range between 19 and 27 days.
In the other hand, Sabah and FT Labuan, show increases in rainfall amount up to 60% above average level in the West Coast and Sandakan areas meanwhile in other areas show normal rainfall amount in between 200 mm to 600 mm. These conditions happen because Sabah is experiencing Northeast monsoon and not affected by the Peninsula.
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