(File pix) The current hot spell in the Klang Valley is the side effect of typhoon Lan that made landfall in Japan this week, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department

KUALA LUMPUR: The current hot spell in the Klang Valley is the side effect of typhoon Lan that made landfall in Japan this week, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department today.

The department said the typhoon was also the cause of the severe storms in Sabah, which triggered floods in several districts as well as a massive landslide sweeping down the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, recently.

The super typhoon, it said, had caused thunderstorms to hit some parts of Peninsula Malaysia this afternoon.

“This situation is considered normal during the monsoon transition phase that the country is currently experiencing,” said the department in a statement today.

The department also advised the public to take note of its bad weather warnings, and to disregard invalid information disseminated via social media.

The department said those living in areas affected by bad weather need to be vigilant and adhere to the security guidelines as stated on its official website.

“During hot and dry weather, people are advised not to conduct open burning activities and not to waste water.

“They should keep hydrated and reduce outdoor activities, especially those sensitive to hot weather, including senior citizens and children.”

Members of the public can obtain the latest weather information by visiting the Meteorological Department’s website (www.met.gov.my), Facebook and Twitter pages, myCuaca mobile application or by contacting its hotline at 1-300-22-1638.