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Thai New Year Brings Cold Weather to Northern Thailand

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CHIANG RAI – Those who are looking forward to a cold New Year will not be disappointed. The Meteorological Department said this morning that the mercury in many parts of the country, especially in the North and Northeast, will drop significantly in the next few days.

In Chiang Rai Province, tourists have flocked to the Mountain top Chiang Rai’s Phu Chi Fa to watch the sea of fog and experience cold temperatures.

Chiang Rai is among the top five most popular provinces where tourists from all over Thailand visit during winter, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Loei. The main reason for this is the cold weather, mountains, and fresh air and morning mist that we can’t find in most of other cities in other regions of Thailand.

The Meteorological Department also warned that air turbulence in the upper part of the country compounded by strong winds in the southern region will cause the temperatures in the two regions to drop by between 5-8 degrees Celsius.

The air turbulence and  cold weather are attributed to the escalating strong cold front which is looming over the northern and northeastern regions as well as the western wind current which is moving to cover the northern region, it said.

Besides the drop in temperatures, some parts of the northern and northeastern regions will experience rain storm during the same period.

Temperatures on the highlands will range from 3-13 degrees Celsius and frost can be seen in some mountainous areas.

The southern region will see more rain, starting in Petchaburi and Prachuab Khiri Khan provinces and, subsequently, in other provinces further down.  Rough sea and high waves are predicted in the Gulf and small vessels are warned to stay ashore for their safety.