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MetMalaysia: No, winter is not coming

The Star Online logo The Star Online 12/1/2018 by RAHMAH GHAZALI

PETALING JAYA: The recent cold spell hitting the west of Peninsular Malaysia has caused many to ask if winter is on its way.

a woman standing in the snow © Provided by The Star Online

On Thursday (Jan 11), the Klang Valley experienced the coldest weather it had in months, with temperatures dipping to 22°C.

On Twitter, Malaysians expressed both shock at the cool weather as well as how much they loved it.

"The weather in Malaysia is actually cold. Let me repeat — THE WEATHER IN MALAYSIA IS ACTUALLY COLD. This literally does not happen all the time living in a tropical climate," @mabeses wrote.

While @UzairJasmin posted: "Dear Malaysia. I love this kind of temperature and weather. Can every day be like this?"

Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak weighed in upon his arrival home from Saudi Arabia, tweeting on Friday morning: "Wah it's really cold in Malaysia today, like Jeddah! Alhamdulillah back home safe."

Some netizens, however, lamented having to wear a jacket in what's supposed to be a tropical country.

"I had to wear a jacket, which feels dumb in the tropics," tweeted @diandujour.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), however, says there is no sign of temperatures dipping even further and that the current phenomenon is actually due to the north-east monsoon affecting the east coast of the peninsula.

"The rainy season in the area is pushing the north-eastern wind and the clouds to the west.

"That is why we have seen less sun these past few days and the temperature has not risen," said a MetMalaysia spokesman when contacted.

He added that the cold spell is expected to end on Sunday (Jan 14).

"We can expect to see more sun from Sunday onwards," he said.

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