The Thailand Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a storm warning across 35 provinces, predicting that Bangkok will be adversely affected with about 80% of the region being exposed to harsh weather conditions. Thailand’s public is therefore urged to stay wary of the imminent heavy downpour that may lead to sudden inundations.
The weather forecast for a span of 24 hours, starting October 12, alerts a high-pressure wave from China invading the north-eastern region and the South China Sea. A monsoon trough is also predicted to be hovering over the Gulf of Thailand and the southern area. This expected weather pattern will yield thunderstorms and torrential rains in several parts of the central region, including Bangkok and neighboring areas, the eastern region and the southern part of the country.
Residents residing in these enumerated areas must be wary of harm from excessive rainfall and collected rainwater. These conditions can lead to flash flooding and runoff, particularly in the mountainous regions nearby water channels and areas at low altitudes. Sailors are also advised to proceed with extreme caution and avoid areas prone to thunderstorms as the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are expected to witness waves around 1 metre in height. In storm-affected areas, the waves could exceed 2 metres.
The subsequent weather forecast for Thailand, effective from 6 am today to 6 am tomorrow anticipated thunderstorms in 60% of the northern areas, with major areas being Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Tak, and Kamphaeng Phet provinces. The minimum temperatures lie between 22-25 degrees Celsius with the maximum temperatures oscillating between 31-34 degrees Celsius. The wind from the east is expected to have a velocity of 5-15 kilometres per hour.
In the northeastern region, thunderstorms are anticipated in 20% of the area, primarily in Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Sisaket, and Ubon Ratchathani provinces. The temperatures will vary from 22-25 degrees at the lowest to 32-33 degrees at the highest, accompanied by a gust of wind from the northeast with a speed of 10-20 kilometres per hour.
The central region will experience thunderstorms in 60% of the area and heavy showers in a few spots, including Saraburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkhram, and Samut Sakhon provinces.
Meanwhile, the eastern region will also notice thunderstorms in 60% of the area and heavy showers in some places, more so in Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, and Chonburi provinces. The minimum temperature range will be from 23-26 degrees Celsius and the maximum 32-34 degrees Celsius, with the wind blowing southeast at a speed of 15-30 kilometres per hour. The sea waves are predicted to be about 1 metre high and could increase to more than 2 metres during a storm.
The southern region (east coast) will envisage thunderstorms in 60% of the area with heavy rains in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces. The minimum temperature will range between 24-25 degrees Celsius and the maximum between 32-35 degrees Celsius.
Lastly, for Bangkok and its vicinity, thunderstorms are forecasted in 80% of the region with heavy rains in certain areas. The temperature span will be from 25-26 degrees Celsius at the minimum to 32-34 degrees Celsius at the maximum, tagging along with a variable wind speed of 10-25 kilometres per hour, as reported by KhaoSod.
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