Narelle Storm Hit Bali Causing Strong Wind

DENPASAR
Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Area III Denpasar stated that strong wind and heavy rain happened in Bali some days ago because of Narelle tropical storm.

“Narelle storm emerged on 13,3 South latitude and 116.1 East longitude around West Nusa Tenggara,” Head of Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Area III Denpasar I Wayan Suardana stated when contacted in Denpasar.

The storm was moving to Southwest with speed up to 11 knot, while the winds around the tropical storm central about 50 knot. The sea tide around Narelle emersion reached four meters.

“So, the cause of strong wind and heavy rain happened this day is not because we enter the rainfall climax which is predicted will happen on the middle of January until February this year,” he described.

He emphasized that the natural events happening these days in the Island of Gods is caused by that tropical storm.

“This is a normal situation for the period between January and February when tropical cyclones frequently occur in the Indian Ocean affecting weather conditions all over Indonesia,” Suardana said.

He warned people who live in the coastal areas of the southern part of Bali to remain vigilant.

“The waves may reach up to 5 meters high, endangering fisherman and those who want to take water transportation,” he said.

Tourists who planned to take part in water sports, such as diving, surfing and snorkeling, must be very careful due to the heavy rains, strong winds and high waves, he said.

Due to the rough sea, Gilimanuk ferry port in Jembrana (connecting Java and Bali) and Padang Bai ferry port in Karangasem (connecting Bali and NTB) have had to be closed temporarily. Three traditional fishing and crossing ports in Klungkung regency were also closed, forcing hundreds of residents to wait for transport for hours.

Local fishermen also stayed home over the last few days because of the high waves.

Because of heavy rain and strong wind, many trees around Denpasar city were toppled.

The last event was a dividing wall fell down on South Nangka Street which injured two residents.

Meanwhile Australia’s record-breaking heatwave has sent temperatures soaring, melting road tar and setting off hundreds of wildfires – as well as searing new colours onto weather maps.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added dark purple and magenta to its colour-coded weather forecasting map to represent temperatures of 51 to 54 degrees Celsius (123.8 to 129.2 Fahrenheit), officials said.

Temperatures on the map were previously capped at 50 degrees Celsius, represented by the colour black.

“In order to better understand what temperatures we might see … we introduced two new colours,” said Aaron Coutts-Smith, manager of climate services at the Bureau of Meteorology.

Forecast models have predicted a large area of temperatures of over 50 for next Monday, he added.

Australia’s average maximum temperature has exceeded 39 degrees Celsius for a record-breaking seven consecutive days. The previous record of four consecutive days above that level was in 1973.

The hottest temperature recorded was in the South Australian outback town of Oodnadatta, where the mercury topped out at a scorching 48.2 degrees Celsius – forcing the local petrol station to stop selling fuel after it started vapourising.

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