Ris­ing sea lev­els due to three weather con­di­tions

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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

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