CHIANGRAI TIMES – Travelers will face rainy days in Thailand according to the latest national weather advisory that warns of scattered heavy rain throughout the country over the next three days. The national warning center said a high pressure front from China is now covering the upper part of Thailand’s northeastern region, while the southwest monsoon remains active in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand causing heavy storms, strong winds and even hail stone showers in the far north.
Travellers are warned they will face rainy days across the country at least until the weekend.
It poses no real danger for visitors but tour company bus drivers need to be cautious when driving across mountain ranges in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai province.
The centre warns that heavy rain could bring flash floods and make driving conditions dangerous. In the far north province of Chiang Rai, hail storms followed by strong winds ripped off roof tops and uprooted trees in districts east of the town stretching to Chiang Kong.
Tourists joining boat cruises at southern resorts on the Andaman Coast should be aware that waves could be as high as 2 metres, while there are risks of flash floods at cave and waterfall located in national parks.
The Thai Metrological Department also warned residents in the north, central plain, eastern seaboard and the southwest coastal resorts there was a risk of flooding 17 to 19 May.
The department said a ridge of high pressure remains over the upper northeast of Thailand and a moderate southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
There will be strong waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand of around 2 metres high making it dangerous for tourist leisure and small boats.