Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Kuala Lumpur and Penang are 5 degree Celsius hotter than other cities.

A report from The Star said that Malaysian cities, like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johore Bahru, and Putrajaya, are 5 °C hotter than other cities in the country.

This phenomenon is called urban heat island(UHI), and this happen because of heat trapped in concrete buildings during the day and release at night. During the day, the temperature can achieve  40°C.  Even at night, Kuala Lumpur also can achieve 30°C of temperature, that's really hot! Currently I am at Melaka, and the temperature was very high during the day and night, even just after raining.

The common characteristic of these 4 cities are highly developed with concrete building and tar-covered road. This will absorb a lot of heat. Dark and non-reflective roof is also one of the contributor to cause UHI, and the lack of big shady trees also cause the temperature to increase.

City like Ipoh is less hot, as they have Flame of the Forest planted during the colonial days which help to cool down temperature.

I saw a sentence that I don't like to see: "Malaysia should follow suit and use the same guidelines quickly to repair the damage done", said Ahmad Fuad. Not "should", is MUST! All politicians just pro in cock around, but doing nothing, Malaysia apa apa pun boleh, tak buat apa-apa pun boleh! (Malaysia can do anything, include doing nothing!)

If you're part of this world, so be it. Don't destroy our world.


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1 comment:

Neo said...

It's a hot hot day today!

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