North Sumatra’s Medan branch of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned residents to be on the alert for hotter weather that might strike the province in August.
Hendra Suwarta, head of the data and information division, said the BMKG predicted that temperatures would hover around 34 degrees Celsius, adding that such conditions might trigger forest fires.
The heat, he continued, was not normal as common temperatures in the region were usually around 32 degrees.
“People also need to be more aware about possible strong winds and high waves,” Hendra said on Wednesday.
He added that winds reaching 30 knots could hit some areas, including Deli Serdang, Langkat and Medan, while waves may reach heights of 3 meters off the west coast.
Source: The Jakarta Post