MetMalaysia issues Level 1 heatwave alert for 12 areas

BUTTERWORTH: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a Level 1 heatwave alert as the scorching heat creeps north of the peninsula.

In an advisory issued on Sunday (Feb 25) evening, MetMalaysia said Perlis, Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena, Pendang, Kulim, Baling, Sik and Padang Terap in Kedah, Kuala Kangsar in Perak and now Central Seberang Prai in Penang were under the Level 1 heatwave alert.

According to the website, a Level 1 warning is issued when temperatures at a location are between 35°C and 37°C for three consecutive days.

The country, particularly the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, is seeing the end of the northeast monsoon in March and the beginning of the El Nino phenomenon.

This period usually sees drier and warmer conditions.