Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning of potential moderate to heavy rainfall in several Indonesian provinces as Muslims in the country celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday.

The provinces to be potentially ravaged by moderate to heavy rains along with strong winds and lightning, include Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, and South Sumatra.

The agency forecast that extreme weather events might also occur in West Sumatra, South Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Southeast Sulawesi.

Those in South Sulawesi, West Kalimantan, and East Kalimantan were also cautioned about moderate to heavy rains, strong winds, and lightning, according to BMKG.

Residents in the provinces of Papua, West Papua, Central Java, East Java, South Sumatra, and Jambi were cautioned to stay alert to anticipate the impact of the extreme weather events.

Meanwhile, Jakarta's weather conditions were generally forecast to be cloudy and sunny on Wednesday morning.

However, light to moderate rains in the afternoon and cloudy conditions at night are predicted in all areas in the metropolitan city.

The Indonesian Ministry for Religious Affairs determined that this year's Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, fell on Wednesday, April 10.

Muslims in Bogor City and its outskirts, for instance, crowded mosques and flocked to several fields for the Eid mass prayer under a relatively blue sky and sunny morning.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) earlier conveyed an Eid al-Fitr greeting video uploaded on the YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat.

The president stated that Eid al-Fitr was expected to become a momentum for the community to forgive one another and rebuild brotherhood for a harmonious nation.

"Hopefully, on this holy day, we can forgive each other and stay in touch with each other to rebuild our brotherhood to become a harmonious and peaceful nation, to be united in building Indonesia," he stated.

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