(File pix) Residents in Pahang state capital today woke up to heavy rain that saw cooler temperatures, bringing some relief after a prolonged hot and dry spell.

KUANTAN: Residents in the state capital today woke up to heavy rain that saw cooler temperatures, bringing some relief after a prolonged hot and dry spell.

The heavy rain which continued till noon brought an end to weeks of dry weather and uninterrupted sunshine which had triggered a series of bush fires in the state capital.

Pahang is among several states in the country which experienced a heat wave. It had taken a toll on the people and farming activities.

A Fire and Rescue spokesman said the heavy downpour had brought helped put out forest and bush fires reported during the dry spell in several areas here.

"Although firemen have managed to bring the situation under control but the heavy rain today has completely doused the fires especially in Nenasi, Pekan," he said.

Pahang recorded an average temperature about 35 degrees Celcius and a high of 37 degrees Celcius during the heatwave.

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