|Monthly Rainfall Review|
Generally the country is still in Northeast Monsoon period and is expected to end in March 2015. During January 2015, more rainfall was distributed over Sabah and Sarawak where some places in Sarawak were flooded. However, some areas in Peninsular Malaysia experienced hot and dry conditions especially over northern and southern parts.
(i) Peninsular Malaysia
Most areas in Peninsula experienced dry conditions with total monthly rainfall recorded were less than 100mm. Prai, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Chuping, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Sitiawan, Kluang and Senai recorded less than 50% of average rainfall. The lowest rainfall amount of 5.4mm was recorded in Langkawi. In spite of the dry conditions, a few areas recorded above average rainfall. In particular, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Petaling Jaya received more than 40% of their January average. The total amount of rainfall recorded was between 200mm to 400mm.
Temporally, more rainfall was distributed during the first decade of the month. The highest number of rain days recorded was 27 days as recorded at Subang Meteorological Station while the lowest number of rain days was 2 days as recorded at Langkawi and Chuping Meteorological Station.
Over Sarawak, most areas experienced wet condition during January. Some areas received more than 40% of average rainfall particularly Kuching, Bintulu and Miri. The total rainfall amount recorded was between 400mm to 1000mm. Kuching had the highest rainfall amount of 1021.4 mm. The number of rain days recorded for Sarawak was between 26 to 28 days, whrere Kuching, Sri Aman and Kapit recorded the highest rain days during the month.(iii)Sabah
Sabah also experienced the same weather conditions. Most areas in Sabah had more than 60% of average rainfall with the total amount of rainfall between 300 mm and 700 mm. Kudat marks a new record for the highest rainfall in a day of 244.0mm on 13 January 2015 as compared to the last of 203.1mm (4 January 2003). Spatially, more rainfall was distributed over northern Sabah. The number of rain days recorded ranged between 15 days at Tawau to 27 days at Ranau.
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