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'Mudik' travelers told to stay alert amid hot, unpredictable weather

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 1, 2019   /   07:49 pm
'Mudik' travelers told to stay alert amid hot, unpredictable weather An officer at the Transportation Ministry looks at CCTV footage from different parts of the country at the Transportation Ministry’s command center for the Idul Fitri exodus season, in Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. The exodus season is expected to begin on Thursday, a week before Idul Fitri, on June 5 and 6. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

With the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in full swing, many Jakartans might be away for the holiday season.

A long road trip requires lots of preparation and apart from luggage and energy, people should be knowledgeable of the type of weather they may encounter. 

Jakarta is entering the dry season, with temperatures ranging from 24 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius, said Dwi Rini Endra Sari, a public relations staff member at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

 “For the next week, Jakarta is going to be sunny albeit a little cloudy, and it’s definitely entering the dry season.” Dwi told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The same weather has been forecast in other regions, with a chance of rain. 

According to a weather forecast provided by the BMKG, hot weather will dominate the exodus period, especially in the southern part of the country. 

In the next seven days, rain clouds are expected in North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi.

The BMKG also said the country would enter a high air pressure period from Tuesday to Monday, while sea surface temperature would rise to between 28 degrees and 32 degrees Celsius.

Vacationers taking the sea route were told to be alert and prepared as consistent high pressure in the Indian Ocean was affecting the sea level, which may rise to between 4 and 6 meters. This could lead to potentially rough seas on Saturday and Sunday in the southern part of Java, East and West Nusa Tenggara, West Indian Ocean and Bengkulu.

The BMKG predicted, however, that despite entering the dry season, Jakarta would mostly be sunny and cloudy with a chance of short-lived rain at noon and in the afternoon in South and East Jakarta. Meanwhile, Thousand Islands and North Jakarta are predicted to have slight rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

“For now, especially in Java as it enters the dry season, people traveling to their hometowns are encouraged to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration,” said Dwi. (dmy)