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Here Comes the Sun

Baliís Having a Heat Wave as Sun Shares the same Latitude as Bali with Elevated Temperatures Expected to Persist Until Mid November

(10/26/2011) Bali has been suffering from abnormally high temperatures over the past week, with temperatures reaching as high as 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.64 degrees Fahrenheit).

According to Kompas.com, many have refused to go forth in the mid-day sun, choosing instead to stay inside their homes. Convenience stores and local shops were also reported to be doing a brisk trade in bottled drinks and bottled water, with some shops running out of certain popular drink items.

According to records maintained by the Bali Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics office, the 34.8 degree Celsius temperature was the highest on record for the current year. Slight relief was provided, however, when on Monday October 24, 2011, the temperature recorded at 3:00 p.m. in Denpasar had declined slightly to 33.4 degrees Celsius (92.12 degrees Fahrenheit).

Chief meteorologist Endro Cahyono told the press that from October 20th until October 24, 2011 the sun’s position was positioned at 8 degrees south latitude. This position places the sun at the same latitude with the island of Bali, explaining in part the intense heat wave.

Higher-than-normal temperatures can be expected to persist in Bali until November 20, 2011.

Normal average daytime temperatures during this period average at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).