Malaysia to hit 40 degrees in July, predicts expert

24 May 2022 12:05pm

SHAH ALAM - Malaysia is expected to hit 38 to 40 degrees Celsius this July.

However National Antarctic Research Center Meteorologist Professor Datuk Dr Azizan Abu Samah said the high temperature could cause heat stroke.

"According to statistics, extreme hot weather will occur in February and July causing an increase in temperature due to clear skies and no clouds," he told Sinar Harian.

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Commenting further, Azizan added northern states Perlis and Kedah were open to higher temperatures.

"This is because the state has less clouds. Kuala Lumpur has a lot of clouds. It is very rare for Kuala Lumpur to have no clouds.

"However, although our country will not exceed 40 degrees Celsius, we still need to be vigilant because it can cause heat stroke which could lead to death," he said.

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He advised Malaysians to use umbrellas. “Drink a lot of water, and don't consume beverages because they need to make sure they are always hydrated.

On Saturday, media reported one marathon runner died while participating in the Brooklyn Half Marathon in New York City (NYC), while 15 others were hospitalised due to erratic hot weather.

On May 3, the western Indian state of Maharashtra recorded 25 deaths from heat stroke since late March, recording the highest number in five years.