KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) advised the public to take precautionary measures against the poor weather in the wake of heavy rains and strong winds that damaged houses and uprooted trees as reported in the federal capital yesterday evening.
MetMalaysia National Weather and Geophysics Operations Centre director Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip said people should avoid parking or being in areas with trees, street signboards and billboards as they may fall, when the weather turned bad.
He noted that heavy rain and strong winds were caused by the formation of cumulonimbus clouds, the primary source of lightning storm formation, due to the strong convective currents in the clouds.
The formation of cumulonimbus clouds he said, often occurs in tropical Malaysia.
Dr Mohd Hisham said apart from causing heavy rain and strong winds, it could occasionally produce hail.
“People need to be aware of this weather because the winds can reach 100 kilometres per hour, but this (wind speed) is rare,” he told Bernama today.
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