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NE Monsoon in South – warnings of heavy rain and flash floods

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South of Thailand is expected to face the northeast monsoon that is expected to bring in heavy rain that may cause flash floods. With the prevailing monsoon in the upper and the lower part of the Gulf of Thailand, some southern provinces, including Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat are likely to be affected by strong winds and waves that could be up to 2 metres. All ships should proceed with caution, while small boats are suggested to keep ashore until January 8. The Meteorology Department also warns people living in flood-prone areas to be aware of flash floods from January 4-8.

“The rather strong northeast monsoon prevailing Thailand and the Gulf accompanied by the low cell over the lower South China Sea will move to cover Malaysia. Isolated heavy rain to very heavy rain is likely in the Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. People in these areas should beware of heavy rain and accumulated rain that may cause flash floods.”

“The strong wind waves in the upper Gulf with waves up to about 2 metres in the upper Gulf from Surat Thani upward, 2-3 meteres in the lower Gulf Nakhon Si Thammarat downward and above 3 metres high in thundershower areas. All ships should proceed with caution and keep away from thundershower. Small boats should keep ashore until 8 January 2021.”

SOURCE: Thai Meteorological Department | The Nation

 

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