Thailand braces for storms and record heatwave with 43C highs

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The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) forecasted 10 days of tumultuous weather, starting with thunderstorms from today, March 27 to Friday, March 29, followed by a severe heatwave that could see temperatures soar to a scorching 43 degrees Celsius.

The predictions for this period, which extends to April 5, have been sourced from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

From today until March 29, the northern and central regions of Thailand will experience intense heat, while the lower northeast and eastern regions are set to face thunderstorms. These storms are a result of the southeastern and southeasterly winds covering the area, influenced by a cool air mass extending over upper Vietnam. Residents in these areas, including Bangkok and surrounding provinces, are advised to be cautious of the thunderstorms.

As the month draws to a close, from March 30 to April 5, the upper parts of Thailand are expected to endure extreme heat due to a low-pressure area caused by intense heating. Precipitation will be scarce during this period, which is likely to be hotter than previous weeks, with peak temperatures potentially ranging between 41 and 43 degrees Celsius.

Particular attention is required between April 2 and 4, as the likelihood of heat-related illnesses increases. Meanwhile, the southern region, affected by a weaker easterly wind, will also be hot with sporadic rain, presenting favourable conditions for sea travel, barring any stormy weather, reported KhaoSod.

This weather report is subject to change based on new data inputs and is framed against the backdrop of a moderate El Niño phenomenon, which can alter meteorological conditions. The information provided is intended to aid in decision-making processes.

In related news, a severe weather warning has been issued for 27 provinces in Thailand, including Bangkok, as the TMD forecasts thunderstorms and potentially heavy rainfall across various regions. The eastern part of the country is expected to face the brunt of the storms, with 40% of the area likely to experience intense downpours.

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