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Indonesia Records Hottest April in Over Four Decades

Hottest April

Indonesia experienced its hottest April in over four decades, as the Southeast Asian region faced a stifling heatwave, according to senior weather agency officials on Wednesday. This heatwave has wreaked havoc across Asia, causing heatstroke deaths, school closures, and prayers for cooler weather.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Record-Breaking Heat

Achmad Fachri Radjab, head of Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology, and geophysics agency’s (BMKG) climate change information centre, confirmed that the average temperature in April 2024 was the highest since 1981. The agency reported that Indonesia recorded an average air temperature of 27.74 degrees Celsius (81.93 Fahrenheit) in April, breaking the previous record set in 2016 by 0.1 degrees.

The latest temperature represents nearly a one-degree Celsius increase compared to the April average from 1991 to 2020. Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan, BMKG’s deputy of climatology, also confirmed that Indonesia’s April temperatures hit their highest levels in over four decades.

Extreme heat across Asia has resulted in numerous adverse effects, from Bangladesh to the Philippines, with record temperatures recorded in multiple countries. More than 100 temperature records were shattered in Vietnam last month, while Bangladesh and Myanmar also saw record-breaking temperatures in April.

However, BMKG initially downplayed the impact of the heatwave in Indonesia, suggesting it was due to the transition to the dry season causing less rainfall and higher air temperatures, rather than a regional heatwave.

Climate Change Concerns

Extensive research indicates that climate change is leading to longer, more frequent, and more intense heatwaves worldwide. This regional heatwave has fueled concerns about rising global temperatures and their impact on the environment.

Since June 2023, every month has set new temperature records globally, according to the European Union’s climate monitor. The natural El Nino pattern, which warms the Pacific Ocean, also contributes to the rise in global temperatures.

Rising sea levels pose a significant threat to Indonesia’s archipelago of over 17,000 islands. As temperatures continue to rise, large areas of land could be submerge in the future. This threat has prompted the Indonesian government to relocate its capital from Jakarta to an area on eastern Borneo island, citing predictions that large portions of Jakarta could be underwater by 2050.

Read Also: Hong Kong Records Hottest April in at Least 140 Years

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