Several areas in Indonesia have recently been hit by sweltering heat, whereas previously it always rained every day. However, several experts revealed the potential for stronger rain after this scorching heat.
A meteorological researcher from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Deni Septiadi Friday (13/1), revealed, “In our area, it still tends to get wet actually. But it doesn’t have to rain every day, this could be a reinforcement phase. So it’s not allowed we are lazy too.”
He said this was related to the phenomenon of scorching heat in several areas, including the Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas. In fact, January is still the peak period of the rainy season.
In a climate analysis released in September 2022, the BMKG said “the peak of the 2022/2023 Rainy Season in most ZOM areas (seasonal zones) is predicted to occur in December 2022 and January 2023 with 295 ZOMs” out of a total of 699 ZOMs.
Even at the end of 2022 and early 2023, the BMKG at the center and several regions also warned about extreme rains and the peak of the rainy season which has the potential for extreme weather.
Climatology researcher at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Erma Yulihastin also revealed that the second dry phase (10 days in a row) of January 2023 will be in the regions of Java, Bali, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara.
“It could be that it is a surface heating process which is actually rain force strengthening the convective process. It could be that in the next two or three days the rain will start again,” he said.
As of today, the BMKG predicts that the weather in most areas of Indonesia will potentially be cloudy.
As quoted by Antara from the bmkg.go.id page, cloudy weather is expected to be experienced by Serang, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Semarang, Palangka Raya, Pangkal Pinang, Tanjung Pinang, and Medan.
In addition, Gorontalo, Samarinda, Mamuju, Makassar, Kendari, Manado, Ambon, Sofifi and Manokwari. Meanwhile, the weather in Padang and Palu is predicted to experience light rain.
Cloudy weather is expected in the Banda Aceh, Bengkulu, Bandung, Pontianak, Lampung, Denpasar, Banjarmasin, Mataram, Kupang, and Jayapura areas. The weather in the Jambi, Surabaya, Pekanbaru, Palembang, and Tanjung Selor areas has the potential to be foggy today.
Deny said that currently, the monsoon phenomenon is still strengthening in Indonesian waters because the monsoon is crossing from Asia towards Australia.
However, currently, the monsoon flow is not as strong as in the early January 2023 period with the strongest areas in southern Java.