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Weather Bureau predicts rainy season to peak in January

The Bali office of the Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics (BMKG) has affirmed that its analysis of climate patterns suggest the rainy season will peak in the January to February period of 2016.

According to the Head of Data and Information Collation for BMKG Bali, I Nyoman Gede Wiryajaya, the bureau has already officially declared the rainy season as started, however due to a severe El Nino pattern sweeping through the Pacific typically consistent monsoonal rain will occur later than usual.

“Early rain was uneven and only occurred in a few areas. We expect the peak of the rainy season to occur in January,” said Wiryajaya.

BMKG bases their rainy season predictions from the month of October with standard rainy seasons commencing after the first 10 days of October. The Bureau has since pushed back its official commencement to 50 days past the beginning of October into mid-November.

The Bureau has identified areas of concern include those in the Southern parts of the regencies of Badung, Jembrana and Tabanan as well as Nusa Penida which has experienced drought-like conditions for much of the year. These areas have all collectively received less than 50 milliliters of rain so far this rainy season.

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