Brunei sees rise in average temperature

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE annual average temperature of Brunei Darussalam increased by 0.6 degrees celsius for the period from 1970 to 2014, according to a preliminary study made by the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD).

An increase in the country’s average annual rainfall in the last decade which is 2005 to 2015 was also recorded in the same study, said Communications Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat.

In celebrating World Meteorological Day yesterday, the minister cited as an example the monthly total rainfall for January 2009 which stood at 977 millimetres, which was three times the average annual rainfall in the past 50 years.

“Climate change has become an issue that is recognised by the global community (and) it has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions such as heat waves, drought and heavy rainfall,” he said.

“According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), currently the earth is one degree Celsius hotter compared to the early twentieth century.”

YB Dato Hj Mustappa said that projections of the WMO also showed that if the increase in the emission of greenhouse gases is not handled, the global GDP per capita is expected to decrease as much as 23 per cent in the coming decade.

He said that with the current weather conditions the world is facing, there is a higher risk of bushfires and haze to occur which will hinder a number of daily and economic activities such as agriculture and construction.

“This is where I see the BDMD play an important role as the main authority on the affairs of weather and climate in the country,” he said. “For example, throughout 2015, a total of 108 early weather warnings were issued within one to six hours before the weather event occurred in our country,” added YB Dato Hj Mustappa.

He went on to say that the BDMD is collaborating with Universiti Brunei Darussalam in climate modeling which is aimed at generating expectations as well as climate change scenarios.

The communications minister added that the completion of this project will allow for a more organised and farsighted plan in the channeling of resources in the event of extreme weather.

YB Dato Hj Mustappa officiated at the launch of a photography competition themeed ‘Weather and its impact to our country’.

He also toured the World Meteorological Day 2016 exhibition that included a weather photography gallery, a collection of meteorological instruments and BDMD’s services information booths. Also present during the ceremony were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Hj Azhar Hj Ahmad, Acting Director of BDMD Muhamad Husaini Aji, senior officers and staff from the ministry as well as invited guests.

The Brunei Times