PETALING JAYA/KUANTAN - Seasonal heavy rain is falling in Malaysia but the sweltering heat which forced school closure in parts of the peninsula is set to continue for now, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department.
A MetMalaysia officer said the inter-monsoon season had set in last week with west coast states experiencing heavy rainfall in the past few days, The Star Online reported.
"But it did not help to lower the high temperature readings over northern and central peninsula and Sabah," he told The Star.
MetMalaysia said that the public could expect more frequent rain with thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening, especially in the west coast states, west Sabah and Sarawak as the inter-monsoon progressed.
"As for Klang Valley, afternoon thunderstorm is expected in the next few days," the official added.
The highest temperatures as at 1pm on Monday were recorded in Chuping, Perlis (36 deg C) along with Kuantan and Alor Star (35 deg C).
Schools in Perlis, as well as the Jerantut and Temerloh districts in Pahang closed on Monday (April 11) as temperatures there exceeded 37 deg C over a 72-hour period. The closure announced by the Education Ministry was a precautionary measure to safeguard the health of pre-school, primary and secondary pupils in the affected areas, The Star reported.
The New Straits Times said the closure was extended for another day on Tuesday.
State Education director Datuk Rosdi Ismail said the closure involved 117 primary and 46 secondary schools with a combined student population of 48,645 in the two districts.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and if the weather persists, we will announce the closure for Wednesday," he was quoted as saying.