Summer Inferno: Thailand's Hottest Summer Ever, Five Provinces on Fire!

Summer Inferno: Thailand's Hottest Summer Ever, Five Provinces on Fire!

On February 13, the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) issued a stern warning that this year's summer season could bring more extreme heat waves to the country's five hottest provinces. The forecast shows a scorching summer with temperatures peaking at 44.5 degrees Celsius.

According to The Thaiger, five provinces in Thailand have been identified as the epicenters of the most intense heat, including Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, and Udon Thani. These provinces are feared to be at risk of extreme heat, with temperatures reaching as high as 44 degrees Celsius. Experts are concerned that this year's heat waves could surpass previous records, potentially exacerbating the suffering of affected locals.

Changing Weather Patterns

In addition, weather forecasts indicate the likelihood of an extremely dry season, with below-average rainfall predicted for the period between March and May. The latest statement from the TMD highlights the urgency to be vigilant against summer storms that could bring thunderstorms, strong winds, and even hail.

In the northern regions of Thailand, the anticipated summer is expected to start late, about one to two weeks behind the usual schedule. During this period, temperatures are expected to soar, with highs ranging from 43.0 to 44.5 degrees Celsius, especially from mid-March to early May. Meanwhile, the average maximum temperature is expected to be between 36.0 and 37.0 degrees Celsius, an increase of about 1.0 to 1.5 degrees Celsius from the normal average of 35.4 degrees Celsius. To make matters worse, cumulative rainfall is expected to be 30 percent below average, signaling that this summer will be challenging for residents and the agricultural sector.

Meanwhile, on February 14, the TMD issued a weather warning for potential thunderstorms in ten provinces, indicating a rise in temperatures in the northern part of the country. In addition, the warning highlighted ongoing concerns about high levels of dust and smoke particles.

These weather changes are due to the weakening high-pressure system in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon remains strong around the lower Gulf of Thailand and along the southern region, resulting in significant waves affecting the Gulf and the Andaman Sea.

People living along the southeastern coast are urged to be aware of strong winds and high waves along their coastlines. Meanwhile, sailors in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are advised to sail with caution and avoid areas affected by thunderstorms. Small boats in the lower Gulf are advised to postpone their voyages for an extra day due to unfavorable weather conditions.

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