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Rainy Thaipusam expected nationwide

Rain is forecast for the entire country on Feb 5, including thunderstorms in several areas.

Bernama
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Hindu devotees and tourists make their way up the 272 steps at the kuil in Batu Caves ahead of Thaipusam on Feb 5.
Hindu devotees and tourists make their way up the 272 steps at the kuil in Batu Caves ahead of Thaipusam on Feb 5.

It is set to be a wet Thaipusam celebration on Sunday with rain forecast for the whole country, including thunderstorms in several areas. 

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), in a statement, said wet weather is expected in one or two areas in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor and Sabah in Kudat and Sandakan. 

In the evening, rain is forecast in several areas in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor and Sarawak, while heavy rain or thunderstorms are expected in one or two locations in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Sabah. 

MetMalaysia said rain is also expected at night in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Sarawak (Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Kapit, Miri and Limbang) and Sabah (west coast and the interior) as well as Labuan.  

In a separate statement, MetMalaysia said that an analysis of weather models had found that wind concentration is expected to occur in the eastern regions of the peninsula and Sarawak, potentially setting up continuous rainy conditions until Feb 8. 
 
"Thunderstorms and heavy rain with strong winds are expected to occur in the eastern parts of the peninsula in the morning.

"The same weather is expected to occur in the interior and west of the peninsula and west of Sabah in the afternoon and night for the same period," the statement read.

MetMalaysia has also issued a continuous rain alert for Sarawak until tomorrow.

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