Brunei Darussalam is still in the Northeast Monsoon. Generally during this wet season, unsettled weather conditions are expected with occasional heavy showers or thundershowers. January is amongst the months that recorded a high number of rain days, as well as a high amount of rainfall. According to Awang Muhamad Husaini bin Haji Aji, Director of the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department in an interview with RTB yesterday afternoon, Brunei Darussalam has recorded 17 days of rain out of 31 days this month. Members of the public are advised to take note of the risk of flash floods especially at low lying and flood prone areas during heavy showers or thundershowers as well as the risk of falling trees during gusty condition. There is also a risk of severe flooding during the event of very heavy rain coinciding with high tide.
A zone of active rain clouds formations commonly known as Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, ITCZ is currently present over the region and at the same time, a strong North-Easterly wind surge is also occurring. These condition has contributed to the increase of rain activities in the country. Unsettled weather condition over the country is expected to continue until this weekend. Showers or thundershowers are expected especially in the afternoon and evening, and may continue to early morning. Wind conditions may also become strong reaching up to 40 kilometres per hour during thundershowers. According to Awang Muhammad Husaini, north-easterly wind surges over the South China Sea will result in the increase of wave height over Brunei waters. Sea condition is expected to be generally slight and may gradually increase starting on Thursday to moderate or rough state, with wave height reaching up to 2 point 4 meters. He added that rough sea state is dangerous to all small crafts, and sea recreational and sports activities. Mariners, the public and road users are advised to always be up to date and to take into account the latest weather forecast, advisory and warning before planning any activities and to take precaution and necessary actions to ensure safety.
The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the weather conditions, and will issue appropriate weather advisory or warnings when necessary. The public is advised to keep updated with the latest weather information by contacting Weather Line 114, or visit the website at www.met.gov.bn or follow the Facebook account bruneiweather, Instagram @bruneiweather and the Brunei WX mobile application.
Source: Radio Television Brunei