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Wat Arun restoration enters final month

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Wat Arun restoration enters final month | The Thaiger

BANGKOK: Restoration work on the world-famous stupa ‘Wat Arun’ in Bangkok, which has been underway since 2013, is expected to conclude next month.

The Fine Arts Department announced Friday that it would install decorative lights on the ancient structure and flip the switch from September onward.

Built in the Ayutthaya period, Wat Arun is also widely known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’. The original name of this temple was ‘Wat Makok’. King Taksin, however, renamed the temple ‘Wat Chaeng’ as some believe that the King reached this temple at dawn when he intended to establish Thonburi as the new capital in 1767.

After a series of restorations over the next century, including extension of the stupa’s height in the reigns of King Rama II and III, the temple was bestowed its current name, ‘Wat Arun Ratchawararam’ by King Rama IV, who also led another round of restorations for the temple.

The Culture Ministry said that together with its partners, it would organize celebrations of the stupa between December 27 this year to January 5 next year, helping to kick off Thailand’s Tourism Year 2018.

The celebration will feature a ceremony to pay homage to King Taksin, light-and-sound shows, cultural performances, and a royal barge procession showcase.

There will also be Nang Yai (shadow puppet) performances, alms-giving ceremonies, and a traditional Thai market. Rounding out the events will be exhibitions on ‘the History of Wat Arun Ratchawararam’, ‘250 years of Thonburi City’s history’ and a display of award winning photos under the theme ‘Wat Arun from the past until the present’.

The celebration coincides with the anniversary of King Taksin’s accession to the throne on December 28.

— The Nation

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Weather for February 18

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Generally clear. High 32ºC. Winds S at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Generally clear. High 34ºC. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Morning thunderstorms. High 31ºC. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.

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Hua Hin

Generally clear. High 32ºC. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h.

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Partly cloudy. High 25ºC. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Summer scorcher heading our way – winter was ‘unusually’ warm

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Summer scorcher heading our way – winter was ‘unusually’ warm | The Thaiger

“Thailand’s summer starts this Thursday.”

The Thai Meteorological Department is forecasting “an extraordinarily hot and arid summer” for Thailand from this Thursday, the official start of Thailand’s summer – the HOT season (Thailand leaps from a cool winter straight into its local summer season).

Seven provinces in the North and western regions are expecting extreme heat between 40-44C.

Phuwieng Prakhammintara, the Meteorological Department director-general says that summer will officially begin in Thailand on February 21, and the climate in every part of the country would become very hot and arid during the following months until the rainy season arrives in May.

Phuwieng warned that people in Thailand’s north would have to endure unusually hot weather in March and April this year, as the temperature could soar to over 40 degrees Celsius for several days – hotter than last year’s increases of around 1-2 degrees C.

He singled out Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Nakhon Sawan, and Kanchanaburi saying they will likely face extreme heat up to 44C during the height of summer.

Earlier this month, the Meteorological Department’s Climatological Centre forecast that the average maximum temperature this summer in the upper part of the country could reach 35 to 37 degrees Celsius, which would be higher than both the long-term mean temperature during this time of the year of 35.3 degrees and the previous year’s 34.2C.

According to the temperature record during this winter, it was found that the country was warmer than average, especially in the Central Region and the Bangkok metropolitan area, which experienced only a few cold days.

“Bangkok experienced 22 days of very hot weather of 32 degrees Celsius, which is even higher than this month’s maximum temperature average. There were 11 days in January when the days were extraordinarily hotter than average.”

The Climatological Centre explained that the unusual climate pattern in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region during this summer was partly a result of the influence from the active El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, which contributed to hotter and drier climate on the western part of the Pacific.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Thailand will swelter through searing temperatures this summer

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Thailand will swelter through searing temperatures this summer | The Thaiger

Temperatures in Thailand this summer is forecast to be 1-2 degrees Celsius warmer than last year. The announcement comes from the Thai Meteorological Department director-general Phuwiang Prakammin.

And it’s predicted to hit 42-43C in seven provinces in northern Thailand.

In Thailand summer, as a regional season, is listed as running between February 21 to mid-May.

Phuwiang says daytime temperatures in March and April will hit 40C in much of the North, Northeast, Central and Eastern regions. But he doesn’t foresee the record set on April 28, 2016, when Mae Hong Son, on the north-western border sweltered at 44.6C, being broken.

“But Mae Hong Son is one of the seven provinces forecast to reach 42-43C this year, the others being Lampang, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Nakhon Sawan and Kanchanaburi.”

“In southern regions, the maximum temperature will be 38-39C in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala, Krabi, Trang and Satun, accompanied by occasional rain and waves at sea up to a metre high.”

“Rain will increase towards the end of April (the traditional start to the country’s wet season is Songkran which is on April 13 each year), and waves will be up to three metres high.”

“The weather in Pattaya in Chon Buri will match that of the South, with a maximum temperature of 35-37C in April.”

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