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Songkran storms on the way for the Northern and Central regions

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Songkran is the time to farewell the hot season and welcome in the forthcoming wet season but the actual weather is wasting no time getting in on the celebrations.

The Thai Meteorological Department is warning people in the Central and Northern parts of the country to brace for another round of summer storms from April 15-18.

In an announcement yesterday the TMD Weatherman said that the Northeast and the East would be hit by thunderstorms, strong winds and lightning with hail storm in certain parts on April 15 followed by the northern and central regions, including Bangkok, which would face the turbulent weather on the following day.

According to the TMD  a cold front from China will blanket the upper regions of the country and the South China Sea as Thailand is experiencing hot weather.

Provinces in the North-East that are preparing for some stormy weather include Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Buri Ram.

And in the Eastern regions, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi and Trat have bad weather on the way.

In Phuket we are expecting a few clouds and moderate easterly winds with a possibility of an isolated storm later in the days. For Songkran day tomorrow, clear and hot weather predicted and mostly clear weather throughout the long weekend.



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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Weather for February 18

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Bangkok

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

Weather for February 18 | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

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

Weather for February 18 | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

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

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Pattaya

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

Weather for February 18 | News by The Thaiger

Hua Hin

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

Weather for February 18 | News by The Thaiger

Ko Samui

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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“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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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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