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Chilling Climate Change Felt in Bali

Bali’s Current “Cold Spell” to Last Through August

A spokesman for Bali’s Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BKMG-Bali), Imam Faturahman, told NusaBali that Bali’s current “cool spell,” felt especially in the evening hours, is the result of cold monsoonal weather over Australia sending currents of cold winds towards equatorial Indonesia.

BKMG says the colder than normal weather in Bali will persist until August.

In nearby Java, the current cold spell sent nighttime temperatures on the elevated Dieng Plateau in Central Java to minus 8 Celsius and shocked residents living near the Bromo Volcano in East Java who awoke to find snow on the ground last week. On 15 June 2019, the airport at Ruteng, West Manggarai Flores recorded a low nighttime temperature of 9 degree Celsius.

Faturahman said the cool winds and dry winter winds are affecting wide areas of Indonesia south of the equator - primarily in Bali, Java and Nusa Tenggara.

“Indeed, significant temperature effects are being experienced in Bali. During night time hours, the trend is for colder than normal temperatures. This is because of an effect often referred to as Australian monsoonal air currents,” Faturahman commented on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He said the current colder than normal temperatures would continue throughout July andd August, coinciding with Indonesia’s dry season. The coldest temperatures in Bali, he said, would be felt in higher elevations.

Faturahman said the current weather condition is leaving temperatures in South Bali between 20 – 30 degrees Celsius with humidity measured between 55-95 percent. Wind speeds, adding to the wind chill effect, are between 8 and 42 kilometers per hours. Current temperatures are 3-4 degrees Celsius below the normal range for this time of year.

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