Thailand braces for hot weather

BANGKOK (Bernama) – The Thais have been told to brace themselves for hot weather as temperatures are forecast to soar in the kingdom starting Thursday until May.

Local media reported that the hot weather is expected to record temperatures between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius till March while 36 to 38 degrees Celsius from April to May.

Meteorological Department director-general Phuwieng Prakhammintara said the average temperature nationwide now is about one to two degrees Celsius higher than last year.

“We issued the warning in advance so that the people can prepare themselves for the hot weather,” he told Bernama when contacted yesterday.

Phuwieng advised the people especially the elderly and children to stay indoors as well as keep hydrated to avoid heat stroke and related sicknesses.

“Outdoor labourers who will be exposed under the hot sun for long hours should also take measures to beat the heat,” he said.

According to the country’s English daily The Nation, extraordinary hot weather of between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius has been forecast for seven provinces in the North and West namely Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Nakhon Sawan, and Kanchanaburi.

The report said the hot weather would continue in following months until the rainy season arrives in May.

“2019 will become the second warmest year since 1850,” said the report.

Thailand recorded a highest temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius at Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand on April 28, 2016.