AirAsia flight QZ8501: Weather is perfect for search operation - Indonesian authorities

Two members from the Indonesian Navy's Tactical Commanding Operator (TACCO) help with the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501on board a CN235 aircraft over Karimun Java in the Java Sea on Dec 28, 2014. The head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology an
Two members from the Indonesian Navy's Tactical Commanding Operator (TACCO) help with the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501on board a CN235 aircraft over Karimun Java in the Java Sea on Dec 28, 2014. The head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency says the weather on Dec 30 and 31 around the search area will be clear.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS/ANTARA FOTO

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head, Adi Eka Sakya, says that the weather on Dec 30 and 31 in the Bangka Belitung area where missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 last made contact will be clear.

"December 30 and 31 will have perfect weather for the search and rescue teams to try and locate the missing aircraft," Andi told a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

Based on BMKG data, the sky would be clear on both days with a chance of light rain.

"The waves are forecast to be no higher than 1.5 meters on those dates, making the conditions conducive to carrying out a search mission at sea," he said.

He added that the weather would be quite "severe" in the Bangka Belitung area on Jan. 2 and 3, 2015, with a chance of torrential downpours in the Karimata strait between Bangka Belitung and West Kalimantan.