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Not a Heatwave, Withering Weather in Indonesia to last until August, says BMKG


Jakarta, IO – The Meteorology at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) deputy head Guswanto said unusually warmer temperatures have been observed in almost all regions of Indonesia, and is expected to last until August.

According to him, this phenomenon is not designated as a heatwave because it is caused by the apparent movement of the sun near the equator. The hot temperatures also coincided with the transition from the rainy to the dry season.

“It is different from the heatwave phenomenon experienced by countries in South Asia or northern Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Mynamar,” said Guswanto, per Katadata, Wed (8/5).

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He forecast that the peak of the dry season will occur in July-August. Climate change is also a factor behind the recent high temperatures in Indonesia. Thus, the public is advised to keep themselves hydrated.

Meanwhile, BMKG deputy for climatology Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan reported that the highest temperature in Indonesia was recorded at 37.8 degrees Celsius in Palu and Saumlaki, Maluku on April 23. (bp)


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