Witness the power and drama of Mother Nature in Northern Thailand as an immense cold front moves in, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). Get ready for a thunder-laden display and forceful winds in this region. What’s more, don’t be stunned when your teeth start chattering—there’s a hefty drop in the mercury forecasted, and another wave of the biting cold is due to hover over as night blankets the area. This Arctic blast has already swept over the upper sectors of Vietnam, draped across Laos, and invaded the South China Sea, leaving a frosty touch in its wake.
Prepare yourself, Thailand – the roar of thunder and might of the wind are headed your way, bringing with them a vertigo-inducing nosedive in the temperature. This storm system promises to deliver an onset of nippy weather along with gusty winds capable of rustling the most robust leaves. Look out for a shrinkage in the temperature, especially in the northeastern area, by a notable 3-5 degrees Celsius. Simultaneously, the heartland of the North, the Central, and Eastern zones, which includes the bustling streets of Bangkok, should brace for a temperature drop of 2-3 degrees Celsius.
Northern Thailand residents: heed the warning. Steer clear of open spaces, towering trees, and precarious billboards as thunder rumbles and winds lash around. Maintain a keen eye on your health, as biting cold spells can be challenging. Moreover, keep vigilant for potential fire emergencies due to the dry atmosphere coupled with strong winds. To the lifeline of our country – our farmers – stay prepared for a potential impact on your crops.
On the other hand, we are witnessing an intensification of the northeastern monsoon that’s currently reigning over the Gulf of Thailand, the southern region, and the Andaman Sea. Consequently, rain is pouring down in the south, and the Gulf of Thailand’s waves are escalating up to 2-3 metres. Thunderstorm-afflicted areas may have the misfortune of experiencing waves exceeding three metres. Meanwhile, the Andaman’s usually mild waves are projected to reach up to a meter high and could tower over two meters under the spell of thunderstorms.
Safety is paramount. Thus, those residing in the southern lands should remain mindful of the potential for heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding and forest run-off. Areas closest to mountains, water passages, and lower grounds need to stay especially alert. Coastal dwellers on the east coast should keep a lookout for waves encroaching the sandy shores. Navigators at sea, be cautious, and preferably avoid areas under the shadow of thunderstorms. All small boat operators in the Gulf of Thailand may want to dock their boats during this stormy period, as reported by Sanook.
Looking ahead, the current weather forecast for Thailand predicts a temperature decline of 2-3 degrees Celsius in the Northern region, coupled with a 20% likelihood of thunderstorms and strong winds. The northeastern region is set to chill further by 3-5 degrees Celsius. Central and eastern regions, including the cityscape of Bangkok, will witness a decline of 2-3 degrees Celsius. In contrast, the eastern part of the south expects an 80% chance of thunderstorms, leading to heavy downpours. The western flank of the southern area can anticipate a 60% possibility of stormy weather with heavy rainfall. As for Bangkok and its surroundings, get ready for partially cloudy weather conditions; don’t be surprised by a sudden wind gust and a drop in temperature by 2-3 degrees Celsius. There’s also a 10% chance that the city could face a thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds.