Malaysian meteorological department issues warning over heatwave

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-26 14:28:10|Editor: Li Xia
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 26 (Xinhua)-- Malaysia's meteorological department issued an alert on Tuesday for some areas in the country after high temperatures were recorded for three consecutive days.

According to the department, the temperature in the affected areas had stayed at between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius for several days, prompting a Level 1 alert.

The states affected are all located in the west part of the Malaysia Peninsula, with areas in states of Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Pahang and Johor and capital Kuala Lumpur recording high temperatures.

Malaysia has a three-tier color-coded warning system for heat waves. Above the just declared Level 1 alert, a Level 2 alert would be triggered should the temperature rise above 37 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days. 40 degrees Celsius and above for the same duration, would be declared a national emergency.

The department's weather overview for February also said that most parts of west Malaysia would experience dry conditions, with rainfall of less that 150 mm.

Meanwhile, state news agency Bernama reported that all schools in the state of Perak had been instructed to reduce outdoor activities to avoid the possibility of heat stroke among school children.