Meteorological Department Calls for Sweltering Heat, Temperatures to Top 40 Degrees Celsius

Meteorological Department Calls for Sweltering Heat, Temperatures to Top  40 Degrees Celsius
Local river turned into a giant swimming pool in Chiang Rai province
Local river turned into a giant swimming pool in Chiang Rai province

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CHIANG RAI – The Meteorological Department said on Sunday there will be a return to sweltering heat over the next few days with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees Celsius again after a welcome bit of relief over the weekend.

Director-general Wanchai Sakudomchai said a high-pressure system covering the upper part of Thailand is weakening and that will cause less rainfall in the North and Northeast on Monday and Tuesday. After this, rain will gradually reduce in the Central Plains.

The country will be hit with “very hot” conditions with 40-plus degrees Celcius during the final days of April.

On April 21 and 22, temperatures hovered around 40C in most parts of Thailand, hitting near record highs in northern and northeastern provinces. Sukhothai reported the highest mercury at 42.5C.

The summer heat has been well below 40 over the past four days. The department reported the highest temperature on Saturday at 38.8C in Mae Hong Son.

The highest temperature recorded in Thailand was 44.5C which occurred on April 27, 1960 in Uttaradit province. The Meteorological Department warned in March that temperatures during this dry season could match the temperatures of 55 years ago.

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