TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the geophysics station of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Mlati, Yogyakarta, I Nyoman Sukanta appeals to tourists who will celebrate moments of new year’s eve on the south coast of the region to remain alert and careful.
"High tidal waves are predicted to occur on the southern coast of Yogyakarta on December 31 at the height of around 3.0 - 3.5 meters," said Nyoman today, December 31.
The southern coast of the special region including its beaches along the Kulon Progo Regency, Bantul, Gunungkidul area have been commonly crowded with tourists during new year holiday.
"Early warning about the potential of moderate rain and strong winds in the afternoon in the northern part of Sleman and North Gunungkidul as well as the potential of high waves in the waters of southern Yogyakarta," Nyoman announced.
He further explained on the last day of the year’s end, morning weather in Yogyakarta did tend to be cloudy. But in the afternoon, the weather gradually turns cloudy and light rain will fall. "Potential light to moderate rain will shower the northern part of Sleman, North of Kulon Progo, and North of Gunungkidul," he added.
Meanwhile, at night, most areas of Yogyakarta are predicted to be cloudy, yet rain will fall at the early hours of January 1, 2019. The air temperature in the region at the end of the year is recorded 23 - 31 degrees Celsius with the air humidity ranging from 62 – 97 percent.
The wind generally flows from the West-Southwest direction at speeds of 5-25 km per hour.
Due to the tsunami in Banten, several district governments of Yogyakarta move the location of the new year's eve celebrations far from the south coast. For example, Bantul district government moved the event to Gowa Selarong Pajangan from initially planned to be held at Parangkusumo Beach.
PRIBADI WICAKSONO (Yogyakarta)