Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Residents in some parts of archipelago, including those in Greater Jakarta, have experienced stiflingly hot temperatures over the past five days as Indonesia enters the dry season, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) explained in a statement on Tuesday.
"The meteorological record shows that the maximum temperatures over the past five days – especially in midday – reached between 34 and 36 degree Celsius," BMKG deputy head of climatology Herizal said in a written statement.
The temperature reached over 36 degree Celsius in Sentani, Papua, several times, while some areas of Greater Jakarta recorded up to 35 degree Celsius.
According to the statement, the stiflingly hot temperatures are a natural phenomenon during the dry season, which usually begins in April or May. During the season, temperatures in Jakarta usually reach between 32 and 36 degree Celsius.
"As of mid-May, 35 percent of regions had entered the dry season," Herizal said. Among those regions are East and West Nusa Tenggara, some parts of Java and Jakarta, Papua and the Maluku islands.
Herizal advised residents to stay hydrated. "Drinking a lot of water and eating fresh fruits are strongly recommended to avoid dehydration and skin irritation."