|Monthly Rainfall Review|
The country generally has experienced the hot and dry weather during the last February. While this is a normal condition during the last phase of the Northeast Monsoon but this condition at same time a bit extreme. One of the factors causing this condition is a typically tropical weather system in the eastern part of country has moved far to the west of the Pacific Ocean. At that time, the atmosphere is very stable also causing less rainfall in the Peninsula and Sarawak. Rainfall distribution over Peninsula and Sarawak has recorded more than 60 % below average. However, in western Sabah has received more wet weather conditions with rainfall distribution between 20 % and 40 % above average.
(i) Peninsular Malaysia
Peninsula has received less rainfall distribution over 60 % of the average and rainfall amount less than 100 mm for all areas. In fact there are 9 principal meteorological stations recorded no rain during the month. Number of days without rain since the beginning of the year has also been reported to exceed the previous record. Stations that do not receive rainfall throughout the last February are Meteorological Station Prai, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Chuping, Kuala Krai, Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Pilah, Malacca and Kluang.
The number of rain days for Peninsula was recorded between 0 and 6 days.
For Sarawak, most of the area has experience dry weather conditions which in Kuching, Samarahan, Bintulu, Sarike, Sri Aman and Miri Divisions with a total reduction of rainfall are 60 % below the average. While other part has received rainfall distribution between 20% and 40 % below average with rainfall amount less than 100 mm.
The number of rain days recorded for Sarawak in range between 6 and 14 days.
Instead of Sabah, rainfall distribution increase up to 60 % above the average experienced in the West Coast, Interior, Kudat and Sandakan Divisions, while other parts received the normal rainfall amount between 100 mm to 300 mm.
The number of rain days received in Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan is also in range between 7 to 14 days.
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