CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Ministry of Interior Gen Anupong Paochinda has ordered Chiang Rai’s Provincial Governor and other Northern and Northeastern Governor’s to prepare for the coming winter weather and warn residents to prepare for the cold months ahead.
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said that many areas across Thailand are seeing lower temperatures due to the winter season, particularly in the northern and northeastern regions, with falling temperatures affecting the lives of residents.
The cold season lasts from November 25 to January 23 with an average daily high temperature below 28°C. The coldest day of the year is January 13, with an average low of 14°C and high of 28°C.
Temperatures have dropped continuously in Thailand’s northern region, prompting locals to gather firewood in order to keep themselves warm.
Hill tribe people in Baan Ya Fu Village in Mae Yao Subdistrict of Chiang Rai province have been gathering logs of wood to start a bonfires to protect themselves from the chilly weather.
Meanwhile, temperatures atop the mountain summit have plunged continuously. The weather has become so cold to the point where blankets and coats provided little relief for them, as the houses of these tribal people are made of bamboo, making it easy for the wind to pass through the gaps.
Temperatures can get very cold during the morning or late at night in Chiang Rai province, with the ground-level temperature averaging at 15.5 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius atop the mountain summit.