Scorching temperatures across Indonesia not caused by heatwave: BMKG

He noted that this phenomenon is a regular cycle that occurs every year and that temperature spikes can occur during the same period in any year.

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The Bureau of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics (BMKG) has clarified that the increase in temperature in most parts of Indonesia is not caused by heat waves, but by the position of the sun.

„According to its characteristics, the warm temperatures occurring in various parts of Indonesia are caused by apparent solar activity,” the agency's meteorological deputy official Kuswanto said on Thursday.

He noted that this phenomenon is a regular cycle that occurs annually, and that temperature spikes can occur during the same period in any year.

„(It's) if we review according to the characteristics of the event and the temperature statistical indicator, it cannot be classified as (what happened) because there are no heat waves,” he explained.

According to weather data from BMKG, he confirmed that the current temperature in most parts of Indonesia has increased five degrees above the average temperature in the past five days.

The temperature rise reached 35.6 degrees Celsius in Jayapura, Papua; Surabaya in East Java, 35.4 degrees Celsius; Palanga Raya in Central Kalimantan, 35.3 degrees Celsius; And Pekanbaru in Ria, Sabang in Aceh and Jakarta recorded 34.4 degrees Celsius.

However, he noted that current temperature increases in Indonesia are not as high as those reported in some Asian countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and China.

According to Canada's Global Deterministic Prediction System, temperatures in those countries recently reached a high of 41.9-44.6 degrees Celsius.

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He added that the temperature rise was recorded as 34.3-34.7 degrees Celsius in Malaysia and 36.5-39.6 degrees Celsius in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, to reduce the health risks caused by high daytime temperatures, Guswando advised residents to limit their time between 10am and 4pm local time and apply SPF 30+ sunscreen every two hours to protect the skin.

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Translator: Reesko Bima Elgo, Nabil Ihsan
Author: Ari Novarina
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