Northern Thailand braces for severe summer storms

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The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) announced severe summer storms are set to strike northern Thailand. The storms are expected to impact the region from tomorrow, May 3 to May 7, bringing heavy rains, hail in some areas, and strong gusts of wind. Residents are urged to be cautious and avoid open spaces, large trees, weak structures, and billboards that may pose dangers during the tumultuous weather.

From tomorrow to May 3, westerly winds from Myanmar will sweep through the upper parts of northern and northeastern Thailand. The weather pattern will shift from May 6 to 7, with the influence of a southeasterly and southerly wind flow covering the northeastern, eastern, central, and lower northern regions of the country.

The intense heat in these areas could lead to frequent summer storms. The TMD advises the public, especially farmers, to prepare for potential agricultural damage and to ensure the safety of livestock.

The affected provinces tomorrow to May 4, include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Phitsanulok, and Phetchabun in the northern region.

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Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Surin, Si Sa Ket, and Ubon Ratchathani in the northeastern region; and Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, and Kanchanaburi in the central region.

From May 5 to 6, the northern region will see the same provinces affected, with the addition of Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, and Phetchabun; in the northeastern region, Chaiyaphum is added to the list along with the previously mentioned provinces.

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In the central region, Lopburi, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Songkhram, as well as Bangkok and its vicinity, are expected to be affected. In the eastern region, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat are included.

On May 7, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, and Phetchabun in the northern region; Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, and Surin in the northeastern region.

In the central region, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Lopburi, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Songkhram, as well as Bangkok and its vicinity, are forecasted to face the brunt of the storm, reported KhaoSod.

The TMD urges citizens to stay updated with their announcements and to follow weather information on the TMD website or through their 24-hour hotline. The next update from the TMD is scheduled to be released today, May 2, at 5am, with a follow-up announcement at 5pm on the same day.

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