Thai Meteorological Department issues weather warning after Bangkok rain

Bangkok flood, photo by Nation Thailand.

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a weather warning after moderate to heavy rain hit 15 districts of Bangkok today.

The downpour caused flooding in several areas, with the highest rainfall of 62.5 millimetres recorded in Lat Krabang, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Flood Control Centre.

The 15 districts affected by the rain are: Lat Krabang, Min Buri, Khan Na Yao, Bueng Kum, Suan Luang, Bang Na, Prawet, Saphan Sung, Lat Phrao, Wang Thong Lang, Chatuchak, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai, Phasi Charoen and Taling Chan.

The BMA forecasted low to moderate rainfall in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces of Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, and Chachoengsao until Friday. However, it warned that rain is expected in 60% of Bangkok and its area, with strong winds in some areas. Temperatures will range from 24-26C to a maximum of 30-32C.

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a weather warning of thunderstorms in upper Thailand until Friday, February 17. It also forecast a drop in temperatures by 1-3C and cautioned residents to beware of large trees and unsecured billboards. The department also advised farmers to prepare against crop damage.

Waves in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are also set to rise until Sunday, February 19, Nation Thailand reported. The weather warning covers the following areas:

February 15

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Tak

Northeast: Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram and Surin

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok and its vicinity

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Sa Kaew, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat

South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon

February 16-17

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai and Tak

The warning advised ships in the lower Gulf to take extra care due to rising waves, which will reach 2-3 metres in storms.

While rainfall is beneficial for crops, the downpour can also cause flash floods and water pollution, particularly in densely populated areas such as Bangkok. Authorities are urging residents to stay alert and take precautions to prevent flood damage.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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