In a recently issued statement, the Thai Meteorological Department has alerted its citizens about the impending severe rainfall in 55 provinces, inclusive of the capital, Bangkok. A grim weather forecast has been circulated predicting an 80% chance of extreme rainfalls across the northeastern region of the nation. Particularly, residents of the southern regions have been warned about the impending heavy rainfall brought about by high waves at sea.
The immediate cause of the sudden meteorological changes has been attributed to the monsoon trough making its way through the northern and northeastern parts of Thailand. Besides, a moderately impactful southwesterly monsoon carrying over from the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand has also contributed to the prevalent condition. Therefore, combined, these weather changes have resulted in torrential rainfall across numerous regions in the nation.
While regions in the north, northeast, and east are experiencing this downpour in patches, people residing in these areas have been strongly advised to stay wary of sudden substantial rain or accumulated rainfall. Both of these situations could potentially lead to unexpected flooding and runoff. Particular care has been suggested for regions closer to waterways, slopes, or places with a low elevation. Additionally, commuting in areas laden with thunderstorms should also be avoided, if possible.
As for the marine forecast, both the upper portions of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are enduring moderately strong winds. Consequently, the waves are rising up to 2-3 metres in height. Even though regions below the Andaman Sea are experiencing smaller waves of about 1-2 metres in height, these can rise significantly more pronounced in areas troubled by thunderstorms.
Boatmen and mariners have been carefully advised to exercise caution and clear of areas with thunderstorms. It has been suggested that smaller boats in the upper regions of both the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand should stay ashore until conditions improve.
Moreover, there have been alerts regarding the imminent approach of Typhoon Saola towards the upper parts of the South China Sea. Expected to move towards the southern coast of China between September 1 and September 3, this typhoon, while not directly affecting Thailand, is likely to impact those travelling towards these regions. Accordingly, en-route weather checks have been recommended.
Alternatively, local weather forecasts for the next 24 hours predicts thunderstorms coupled with heavy rainfalls throughout the northern, northeastern, central, eastern, and southern regions of the country. The weather will see variations in temperatures throughout these regions. For instance, northern towns like Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit, and Phetchabun should expect temperatures ranging between 23-25 degrees Celsius at its lowest and 30-35 degrees Celsius at its peak with wind speed fluctuating between 10-20 kilometres per hour.
Similar patterns are expected in the northeastern, central, eastern, and southern regions too. The capital, Bangkok will witness rainstorms with 70% of the area due to receive heavy rainfall. Temperatures are expected to hover between 27-28 degrees Celsius at its lowest and 34-36 degrees Celsius at its highest, with southwesterly winds clocking speeds of 10-25 kilometres per hour.
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