Officials from Denpasar Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) have explained the recent extreme heat in Bali.
The Coordinator of Denpasar BMKG Data and Information III, Dwi Hartanto confirmed that the phenomenon was caused by the position of the sun in October and November. “The annual pseudo position of the sun on these days is directly above Bali and other southern areas of the earth.” Hartanto said on Friday (22/10).
Hartanto explained that this phenomenon causes the affected areas to have higher intensity of sunlight as well as higher humidity levels which makes it feel hotter than the normal conditions. “Most of the regions on the southern part of the equator such as Bali and Nusa Tenggara will have higher temperatures and humidity levels. The highest temperature could reach around 30°- 34°C midday.” Hartanto added.
He also said that the city areas might have a higher impact, in comparison with the country areas, as humidity levels could potentially rise to over 90%. Therefore, Hartanto reminds people to protect their skin from the scorching sun and keep their body hydrated during this season. “People must keep their body hydrated by consuming water and fruits as well as protecting their skin from direct sunlight by applying sunscreen while doing outdoor activities.” Hartanto concluded.
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