Rising sea levels due to three weather conditions
PETALING JAYA: The recent rising of sea levels which resulted in low-lying places near the coastal areas to be submerged was caused by three different weather conditions that happened simultaneously, according to the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
The first which contributed to the rising sea level was the strong southwesterly wind of between 40kmph and 50kmph and strong waves that reach a height of 3.5 metres, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau revealed.
“This weather condition, however, is expected to end today.
The second is the ongoing southwest monsoon that causes thunderstorms with strong winds and waves of 3.5m in the west coast states of Peninsular Malaysia in the early morning.
“The high-tide condition as a result of the moon being closest to Earth (perigee) and a full moon was the other cause for the rising sea level,” he said in a statement.
He advised residents in coastal areas to take extra precautions and always follow the latest weather forecast.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has forecast that it would be a rainy week ahead for coastal areas of west coast states, especially those in the northern peninsula during the early morning hours.
“While in the late afternoon and early evening, rain and thunderstorms are expected to occur at two places in the east coast states and the interior states of the west cost,” the department said. – by Adrian Phung