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Tropical Storms Expected for Northern Thailand



CHIANG RAI – The Department of Meteorology has warned people of tropical storms expected to make landfall from now until the end of this week.

Meteorological Department Director General Wanchai Sakudomchai said Thailand will experience its hottest temperatures at the beginning of May.

Meantime, Northern and North Eastern residents have been warned to prepare for tropical storms and hail today. They are expected to be more aggressive than last week.

People living in Sukhothai, Nan, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udonthani, Loei, Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom provinces should exercise extra caution on the road.

The storms are caused by the arrival of a high pressure system from China. They will move toward the Central Plains of Thailand mid-week. The temperature in the country is likely to climb to 42 degrees Celsius.

The Department of Health has advised people to stay hydrated and refrain from drinking alcohol during the summer months.

Department Director General Pornthep Siriwanarangsan recommends that people drink cold water and shower regularly to moderate their body temperature on warm days.

Dr. Pornthep added that drinking 20 glasses of water daily helps to replenish body fluids. He said that if a person urinates less than five times a day, he/she is relatively dehydrated.

He warned against drinking alcohol on warm days, because the alcohol increases body temperature and can eventually contribute to heatstroke.

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