Active weather is forecast throughout this week in the Sultanate with occasional showers or thunder showers expected across the country including maritime areas, the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department said in a statement yesterday.
The department said the country is currently in the inter-monsoon period, where local wind effects play an important role in daily weather management.
As of 11 a.m. local time yesterday, no tropical storms or typhoons were observed and are expected to enter the South China Sea, as well as approach Brunei, the statement added.
The active weather is due to the humid atmosphere across the region, which promotes the development of rain clouds and thus increases precipitation activity.
Wind speeds can reach up to 50 kilometers per hour during or near heavy downpours.
Meanwhile, over the waters of Brunei, the sea state is light to moderate, between 0.6 and 1.5 meters. The ministry has advised the public to take precautionary measures in relation to the forecasted active weather conditions.
He added: “There is a risk of flash flooding, particularly in low-lying, flood-prone areas as well as near river banks during continuous heavy rains and also at high tide.
“The risk of landslides and falling trees is also possible during heavy showers and gusts.
“The public, road users and fishermen are advised to always be aware of the latest weather forecasts, advisories and warnings issued by the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Service, and to take the necessary steps to ensure safety. “
The ministry has advised the public not to believe information spread on social media without first confirming its validity.
The ministry will continue to monitor weather conditions and issue weather advisories or warnings as necessary.