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Why Klang Valley Got So Cold All Of The Sudden

Why Klang Valley Got So Cold All Of The Sudden

Malaysia has been hit with a cold spell and it seems like everybody is talking about it.

“It’s stupid cold!”

via Twitter

The Klang Valley experienced some of the coldest weather it had in months, with temperatures dipping as low as 22°C on Sunday night (December 15) and kept low through Monday morning (December 16).

It got so cold that KL’s signature skyline was hidden under a cloud of mist and fog.

So why is it so cold?

Though pleasant, the bout of cold weather we’re experiencing is merely temporary and occurs as part of the natural cycle of our country’s current climate.

As you may or may not know, Malaysia basically has 4 seasons that revolves around the coming and going of the Monsoon winds.

This particular “cold season” is brought upon by the Northeast monsoon which lasts from November till March.

Pasir Mas, Kelantan flooded in December 2014.
(Image Credit Malay Mail)

More commonly known as the “winter monsoon”, the wind blowing from across the South China Sea brings with it continuous rainfall for most parts of the peninsular, increasing humidity levels across the country and causing temperatures to drop.

The direction of the Northeast monsoon wind.
(Image Credit: MetMalaysia)

The country’s dry season begins with the Southwest monsoon that starts from May till September.

The direction of the Southwest monsoon wind.
(Image Credit: MetMalasia)

These months are usually characterised as the hottest time of the year with minimal rainfall and less cloud cover.

Temperatures during this time can sometimes dangerously soar up to 40°C.

The Congok Dam, Johor which dried up during prolonged drought in 2016.
(Image Credit: Malay Mail)

And in between those two seasons comes the Monsoon Transition Phase that occurs at the end of March and lasts till early May, returning in October till mid-November.

During the monsoon transition, strong winds hitting the country will blow from various directions, causing thunderstorms and heavy rains across the peninsular and west coast.

The wind pattern during the monsoon transitional phase.
(Image Credit: Met Malaysia)

It might be nice and chilly now, but Malaysia is actually getting hotter

While Malaysians might be enjoying the short periods of nice, chilly weather, it’s very, very important to keep in mind that our climate is, in fact, getting warmer.

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Scientists predict that by 2050 the impact of the Climate Crisis will have changed global climate conditions so much that the tropics (where we are), may face major changes in rainfall patterns and experience extreme droughts.

Over the past years, Malaysia has experienced more and more days where temperatures can reach a scorching 32°C.

(Image Credit: M-Update)

Things are going to be so different, that even the country’s shoreline is expected to change as Malaysia sinks under the rising ocean levels.

That’s definitely something to boil your brain over as we enjoy the chill we’re feeling now.

The last time the country got this cold was back in January 2018, when the weather in several places across the nation, including KL, dropped to 22°C.

(Image Credit: Cristi Goia via Unsplash)

In late 2017, temperatures in Kedah and Perlis hovered just above 20°C.

And in early 2014, some parts of the country recorded its lowest temperatures ever, with Kuala Krai, Kelantan reaching a shivering 17°C.

Things got so chilly that year that meteorologists at the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) had to dismissed rumors that the temperature drop was due to a lack of solar activity or what scientists call the “sleeping sun” phenomenon.


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