In a recent warning issued by the Meteorological Department, residents in upper Thailand should brace for summer storms, thunderstorms, gusty winds, isolated hail, and lightning strikes expected to take place from Sunday to Wednesday. A moderate high-pressure system from China will affect the Northeast of Thailand and the South China Sea from Monday to Thursday, bringing hot to very hot weather conditions to the entire country. As southwesterly and southeasterly winds prevail over the upper regions, it is crucial that people be cautious of impending severe weather.
Areas such as the Northeast and the East are predicted to experience the brunt of the summer storms and thunderstorms. People are advised to avoid risky outdoor areas and stay away from big trees, large billboards, and unsecured structures. Farmers are encouraged to seek ways to protect their crops from potential damage. The stormy weather is expected to affect other regions later on.
In addition to the storms in the upper regions, easterly and southeasterly winds will prevail across the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, resulting in more rainfall in the South. Residents in these areas should also be cautious of severe weather conditions. Waves in the Gulf are forecasted to reach a height of about one meter, potentially increasing to two meters during thundershowers. Boats are advised to proceed with caution during these times.
Unfortunately, the storms have already caused some devastation in the northern province of Phrae. Gusty winds and hail affected two communities in the Song district, uprooting a massive tree that tragically killed a six-year-old girl on Friday. The Song Ruamjai rescue association further reported that the storm that hit Padaeng village Moo 1 in tambon Tao Poon on Friday evening also knocked down several power poles.
According to the Phrae provincial public relations office, the storms have thus far damaged 88 houses in two tambons of the Song district. With the weather conditions projected to worsen in the coming days, everyone is urged to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and minimize possible damages.