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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8, 2015:

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has not rejected the possibility that Malaysia would again experience cooler weather as it did last January.

However, the phenomenon may not necessarily reoccur this year, the department said in a statement today.

Cold winds from the Himalayan and Siberian mountains during the winter in the northern hemisphere, it explained, was the main cause of extreme temperatures in the northern and east coast of the peninsula in January last year.

“The existence of cold air causes less cloud formation, followed by colder temperatures at night that measure as low as 17.2 degrees Celsius, as what happened last year in Kuala Krai.”

However, they admitted, this phenomenon was hard to predict considering many other factors that influence this extreme temperature.

The Meteorological Department’s statement comes following a report by Kosmo!

The Malay tabloid yesterday quoted Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) expert geographer and urban climate research Professor Datuk Dr Shaharuddin Ahmad as claiming that Malaysia would experience cooler temperatures this year.

He reportedly said that Malaysia could experience temperatures of 17.2 degrees Celsius as early as the end of this month.

Shaharuddin said it was caused by extremely cold temperatures in Siberia, Russia and high pressure winds blowing across Southeast Asia, including Malaysia.

In January last year, a similar phenomenon caused temperatures to drop in Subang Jaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kota Bharu, Kuantan and Petaling Jaya to below 25 degrees Celsius.

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