More Rain, Strong Winds in Forecast for Indonesia

The country should brace itself for more rain this week and sea swells more than two meters high, an official from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said on Sunday. “Moderate rain is falling around the country, especially in the afternoons,” said Widada Sulistya, the director of the Center of Public Meteorology at the agency, which is also known as the BMKG. The rain will come with electrical storms and strong winds, he added. “Therefore, we warn people to switch off their electronic devices to prevent any damage caused by lightning,” he said. “[Storms] will also cause sea swells and we are forecasting swells of more than two meters, which are categorized as dangerous” Sulistya said. The BMKG said about 51 percent of the country’s 220 climatic forecast zones are experiencing a late rainy season because of the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon. Suroso Hadianto, the BMKG’s head of climatology and air quality, said only 45 percent of the country had had a normal rainy season, including areas of northern Sumatra and Manado in North Sulawesi. Suroso said only 3.2 percent of the country saw an early start to the rainy season.

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