Heavy rains hit Sabah after long dry spell

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Climate Change |

– The Star-

KOTA KINABALU: Heavy rains hit most parts of Sabah raising hope that the El Nino-triggered long dry spell was coming to end.

However, meteorologists remained cautious about declaring the dry spell over despite the heavy rains experienced over the last week over many parts of Sabah.

Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malik Tussin said that the current rains in the west coast of the state was due to wind convergence in the South China Sea.

“The rains is just a relief in the current dry spell, we don’t expect it to continue for long,” he said when contacted Monday.

Malik, whose team studied the current weather pattern, maintained their view that the El Nino dry spell would continue till April.

“We do not see the end of the current El Nino dry spell,” he said, adding that rains were expected in May and June when the current dry northeast monsoon changes to south west monsoon commonly termed as the inter monsoon period.

Over the past week, various parts of Sabah experienced heavy rains helping to douse bush fires reported in many parts of the state.

A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Services Department here said that they were no longer receiving calls to attend to bush fires over the last 24 hours as compared to over 20 calls a day during the peak of the dry spell in February and March.

The rains, particularly in water catchments are also bringing relief to officials at State Water Department who anticipate that the rains had eased, to a certain extent, concerns over drying up rivers.


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