The Country Is Currently In the Second Phase of the Northeast Monsoon

Brunei Darussalam is currently in the second phase of the Northeast Monsoon period. Relatively, the month of February is categorised as the second driest month of the year due to the less amount of rainfall recorded as compared to the other months. However, the country has experienced rainy days since the beginning of February until today. According to the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department, the amount of rainfall recorded till yesterday over the Meteorological Observation Station at Brunei International Airport is 82.8 millimetres, which is already more than half of the long term normal rainfall from 1981 to 2010 for the month of February, which is 157.1 millimetres.

The department, in a press release, states that the these unsettled weather conditions with cloudiness and occasional heavy rain showers that Brunei is experiencing now are triggered by the combination of strong North-easterly surges from the northern region of Asia and the presence of moisture over the region, thus resulting in the formation of active convective cloud cells over our nation. According to the latest ensemble rainfall forecast for the country, rainfall activities are still expected for the next two weeks, with potential active weather conditions expected to occur again from the 12th to the 17th of February.

According to BDMD, the risks of flash floods and flooding at low-lying and flood-prone areas, and the risks of landslides, can occur especially during heavy rainfall of more than 2 hours. The risk of severe flooding may occur during the event of heavy rain coinciding with high tide. Strong surges from the North-easterly winds also result in rough sea conditions with high waves over Brunei Waters. In this regard, the general public is advised to take necessary measures and precautionary actions especially during the unsettled weather conditions, and to always be alert with the latest weather warnings or advisory issued by the department in order to ensure safety and to prevent undesirable incidents.

Following the continuous heavy rainfall in the last few days, road accidents have been recorded at several places in the country. According to a statement from the Royal Brunei Police Force, several roads in affected areas have been inundated and rendered impassable for vehicles. In this regard, road users are advised to be extra cautious during wet conditions.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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