THE METEOROLOGICAL Department’s statistics show that some provinces could be hit by extreme heat with temperature soaring to almost 45 degrees Celsius this summer that is starting from end of Feb. and will last till mid-May with this being a week or two later than usual, Matichon newspaper said today (Feb. 9).
While the highest temperature in upper Thailand will be 35.5. degrees Celsius, close to the normal range of 35.4°C, this is higher than last year’s average of 34°C.
However the department’s statistics show that there are some province where temperature could soar to nearly 45°C with these being the following:
1) Mueang district, Mae Hong Son province, on April 28, 2016 the temperature was 44.6 °C;
2) Uttaradit province, on April 27, 1960 and Sukhothai province, on May 11, 2016 it was 44.5°C;
3) Sukhothai province, on April 12, 2016 it was 44.3°C;
4) Thoen district, Lampang province, on April 11, 2019 it was 44.2°C;
5) Mae Sariang district, Mae Hong Son province, on April 25, 1958, Nan province, on April 12, 1959 and Sukhothai province, on May 13, 2016 it was 44.1°C.
Met. Department’s Director Ms. Chomphari Chomphurat said that from the end of February to the middle of March many parts of upper Thailand will be hot during the day but some parts of the North and Northeast will still be cool in the morning.
However from mid-March to mid-April it will be sweltering hot and sometimes extremely hot in many areas. The highest temperature will be 40-43°C and there could also be summer storms. However from mid-April to mid-May the weather is erratic being very hot in some areas but thunderstorms breaking out in others.
The South faces more rain and possibly heavy showers from late February to mid-April. Waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will be one to two metres high with the temperature being around 37-38°C.
From the end of April onwards there will likely be continuous rain, from heavy to very heavy in some places and waves will reach two to three metres high in the Andaman Sea with cyclones possibly forming.
Graphic images of extreme summer heat. Top image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay, Front Page image by Matichon