BMKG: The Dry Season Begins April 2018

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Thursday, March 15 2018 - 21:00 IWST

Kepala BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati (Foto Dok
Kepala BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati (Foto Dok - Jakarta - Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency stated that the dry season will start in April 2018 which occurred in some parts of the country.

"The beginning of the dry season will begin in late April-June 2018. The first area to enter the dry season of East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and Bali," said BMKG Head Dwikorita Karnawati in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday (15/3/2018).

She said the peak of the dry season will take place in August and September 2018.

Dwikorita said, the climate in Indonesia has three rainfall patterns, namely monsoonal type, equatorial type, and local type.

Areas that have monsoonal monsoon types in one year have a rainy peak that generally occurs in December-January.

Areas with equatorial rainfall types in one year have two peak rainy seasons, the peak of the first rainy season in March and the peak of the second season in November.

While the local type has a peak of the rainy season that period is the opposite of the monsoon pattern, i.e. in August.

"So the dry season is uneven in all regions and will continue to expand until October 2018," she added.

The beginning of the dry season that begins in Nusa Tenggara and Bali in the next month will extend to Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua.

At the beginning of the dry season, rainfall reaches 150 millimeters per month and continues to decline with the peak of the dry season.

At the peak of the dry season that occurs in August-September, rainfall ranges from 20-0 millimeters per month or absolutely no rain.

However, according to BMKG, the drought in 2018 is not expected to be as severe as the dry season in 2015 because until mid 2018 the climate in Indonesia is still affected by weak La Nina, so drought this year will have positive implications on crops and seasonal crops that do not require too much water.

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