BMKG Explains Jakarta's Air Temperature vs Real Feel Temperature

18 April 2022 20:50 WIB

A pedestrian covers her head from sunlight in the area of Hotel Indonesia roundabout, Jakarta, Tuesday, October 22, 2019. ANTARA PHOTO/Muhammad Adimaja

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe weather in Jakarta has been scorching for the past few days. The weather application, however, showed that the air temperature was at 30 degrees Celsius at 09:46 local time, Monday, April 18, while the real feel temperature was measured at 37 degrees Celsius.

Before noon, the weather app reported the hike in temperature to 32 degrees, while the real-feel temperature was at 39 degrees. In the afternoon, it said 33 degrees with the real-feel temperature at 41 degrees.

The Coordinator of Weather Information Services at the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Ana Oktavia Setiowati, explained that the lack of cloud cover increased the surface heating in the capital and its surrounding areas.

“Along with the quite high humidity value, [which is more than 80 percent], the air will be felt hotter than its actual value,” said Anna on Monday, April 18.

As the agency observed, the maximum surface air temperatures in the city for the past week ranged from 34 to 35 degrees Celsius. This was slightly above the normal value for April, which is generally 32-33 degrees Celsius.

The lack of cloud cover also led to the surge in air temperatures which were quite high from morning to afternoon. BMKG recorded an increase of 4.5-5.6 degrees Celsius.

Such conditions, Ana went on, were generally indicated by sunny weather in the morning and cloudy weather in the afternoon. That's when the potential for rain accompanied by lightning grew due to high air temperatures accompanied by high humidity.

According to Ana, the BMKG forecasted that this hot weather would continue for the next two days.

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