KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Malaysia expects to see warmer than usual weather and reduced rainfall in the first quarter of 2016 due to the El Nino weather pattern, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation said today.
The El Nino is a dry weather phenomenon that leads to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa, but heavy rain and floods in South America.
“The strong El Nino phenomenon is expected to reduce total rainfall by 20-60 per cent and increase temperatures by 0.5-2 Celcius,” the ministry said in a statement.
El Nino weather effects are already seen in the northern Peninsular Malaysian states of Perlis and Kedah, and are expected to spread to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia from the end of January to March, the ministry said. — Reuters