The Ministry of Water Resources released a statement on Monday cautioning the public to conserve water, saying that an increase in ocean surface temperature in the South China Sea could lead to hotter temperatures and a shorter rainy season next year.
“The increase in the ocean surface temperature will cause the weather in Cambodia to change from this December to May 2016, and it will be 40 to 41 degrees Celsius in April and May,”Minister Lim Kean Hor said in the statement.
“The rainy season in 2016 will come late and we will get just a little rain early in the season.”
The statement said that the ocean surface temperature in the South China Sea will rise by 0.5 to 1 degree Celsius in February, compared to an increase of 0.2 to 0.5 degrees in the same period this year, although it did not explain exactly how this would affect Cambodia, or how the prediction was made.
It added that people should conserve water to prepare for less rain.
“Please, relevant ministries, local authorities and the public: Join together to conserve water properly for daily use as well as for the agricultural sector.”