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Hot and dry weather not due to El Nino: NARC

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) -- The hot and dry weather that the country is experiencing now is not due to the El Nino phenomenon, according to the National Antarctica Research Centre (NARC) director, Prof Datuk Dr Azizan Abu Samah.

Instead, he said, it was because of the southwest monsoon which started in the middle of May and was expected to continue until September.

"What we are facing now is normal weather which is connected to the southwest monsoon, with the weather drier than normal," he said, adding that the El Nino phenomenon had not yet begun and there were no signs of it yet.

He was speaking to Bernama after appearing as a special guest on the "Ruang Bicara" programme of Bernama TV at Wisma Bernama, here, today.

In early May, the United Kingdom Meteorology Office predicted the possibility of the El Nino phenomenon which would cause an increase in temperature and scattered rains in Southeast Asia by the middle of this year.

El Nino is a phenomenon during which the temperature of the ocean surface heats up during six consecutive months every two to four years in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

It could lead to a change in weather conditions throughout the world, including heavy rain in some parts and prolonged drought in other places.

According to Azizan, based on the wind flow in Malaysia, the hot and dry weather usually occurs in June and July each year, before the inter-monsoon season begins in October.

He added that the rainy and cool season would be from November until December.

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