Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecasted continued torrential rainfall and extreme weather in Jakarta and other provinces all through February until March over the Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand, an official stated here on Tuesday.

The cyclone was first detected in the southern waters of West Nusa Tenggara Province, which is part of the Indian Ocean, the BMKG's meteorology deputy, R. Mulyono Rahadi Prabowo, stated in Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta. The tropical typhoon then formed a long form of airflow in the atmosphere across East Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara. Other strong airflows were also detected in Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and Maluku.

"Following our recent analysis on the atmosphere dynamics, a low-density pattern has been active in the southern regions of Earth, and it may lead to extreme weather in Indonesia," he remarked.

Due to the tropical cyclone, he expounded that intense torrential rainfall, along with lightning, may continue in Jakarta and other provinces, such as Bangka Belitung, Lampung, Banten, West Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Bali on February 25-28. Heavy downpour may also occur in West Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku, West Papua, and Papua.

The bad weather could continue from the end of February to March 2 in at least 28 provinces in Indonesia, including Jakarta; all provinces in Java Island; some provinces in Sumatra Island, such as North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Lampung, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, and Aceh; all provinces in Kalimantan Island except North Kalimantan; all regions in Sulawesi except West Sulawesi; North Maluku; Maluku; and all areas in Papua Island.

Prabowo stated that the extreme weather may lead to disastrous events, such as floods, landslides, flashfloods, and other incidents.

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