Malaysia’s weather agency warns northeast monsoon expected to start next week until March 2023

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John Fowler/Wikimedia Commons

Just days after the start of the general election campaign, Malaysia’s Meteorological Department (MET Malaysia) predicted that the northeast monsoon will hit the nation next week.

According to the agency, the high tide phenomenon may occur starting Sunday (Nov. 6) until Nov. 11 and Nov. 22 until 27, followed by Dec. 7-12, Dec. 22-26, Jan. 6-10, and Jan. 21-25. 

The monsoon was previously expected to start around the middle of November. 

Malaysia will go to the polls on Nov. 19. Since the nomination date falls on Nov. 5 and early voting will be held on Nov. 15, this indicates that there will be a 14-day campaign period.

According to a statement from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), four to six monsoon episodes with nonstop heavy rain are possible throughout that time.

“Like previous seasons, continuous heavy rain for a period of several days can result in flooding in low-lying areas and those near rivers.

“If continuous heavy rain happens simultaneously with the high tide phenomenon, the risk of flooding may increase,” said the statement.

Strong winds during the northeast monsoon may cause rough seas and enormous waves in the South China Sea.

The public has been urged to be ready and always vigilant for information, advisories, and weather warnings provided by MetMalaysia through its official website, the myCuaca mobile app, and all of the department’s social media platforms.

The department’s hotline, 1-300-22-1638, is also open to the general public for inquiries.

Related: Malaysia’s 15th General Election to be held on November 19

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