Indonesia experiences "super-extreme" weather ever

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Indonesia has been experiencing its most extreme weather conditions in recorded history, the JakartaGlobe daily quoted meteorologists as saying on Thursday.

Edvin Aldrian, head of climate change and air quality division at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that all regions across the archipelago have been experiencing abnormal and often catastrophic weather.

"We have reached a super-extreme level of weather this year, the first time in our history, and this is much worse than what we experienced back in 1998, when the La Nina caused extreme weather in the country," Aldrian warned.

Aldrian told the daily that a combination of a heating planet and the La Nina climate cycle were behind the unseasonable downpours.

He added that global warming causes higher temperature in sea waters, and La Nina boosts humidity and the likeliness of rains.

Sea temperatures, Aldrian said, were also at a level considered normal for Indonesia's rainy season, not for the dry season.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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