If you think it feels noticeably warmer this year than in previous Thai summers, you could be onto something.
Th a i l a n d ’s M e te o ro l o g i c a l Department has confirmed that this year’s hot or summer season is warmer and will continue to be hotter than the same period last year. “It will be about one or two degrees Celsius hotter,” the department’s directorgeneral Phuwieng Prakhammintara told The Nation. In the central and northern provinces of Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Nakhon Sawan and Kanchanaburi, temperatures have already reached 42 degrees Celsius this hot season. In April, Lampang’s Thoen district recorded the hottest temperature in Thailand this year with the mercury hitting to 44.2 degrees Celsius.
The temperature has not yet broken the country’s record for hottest day, which was recorded at 44.6 degrees Celsius in Mae Hong Son province on April 28, 2016. The Meteorological Department said summer storms are forecast nationwide between the end of April and mid-May, which could help to reduce the heat.
In Hua Hin, we’ve seen daily average temperatures of around 36 degrees Celsius throughout April. However, according to Accuweather. com, the ‘real feel’ of the temperatures in Hua Hin is actually around 42 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, due to the hotter than usual weather, Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned people to avoid outdoor activities and make sure they keep hydrated.
People have been also urged to be aware of the symptoms heatstroke, which include a high body temperature of 41 degrees Celsius, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, low blood pressure, anxiety, hallucination, seizure and unconsciousness.