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Jakarta Post

Hailstorm hits Jakarta following heavy downpour

Hailstorm hits Jakarta following heavy downpour An aerial view of the Pluit area in North Jakarta. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
News Desk (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Thu, November 22, 2018 2018-11-22 21:04 906 882ab4bc56dbda08a069b30877d586be 1 City rain,rainy-season,ice-rain,jakarta,BMKG Free

Hail hit several areas of Jakarta on Thursday at around 3:20 p.m. following heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The ice pellets, seen on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, and in Semanggi, South Jakarta, were mostly the size of small marbles.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Hary Tito Djatmiko said hailstorms commonly occurred during the transition period from the dry season to the rainy season and vice versa.

Hary said hailstorms could happen if the temperature of the previous day was higher than usual. The higher temperature could be the result of strong sun radiation and high humidity.

Before the hailstorm, cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds appeared in the afternoon. Hary added that people could also feel strong wind before the rain.

The BMKG said the rainy season would reach its peak in January and February next year. (cal)