Weather: Summer storms moving into upper Thailand

Residents of Chai Nat province awoke to overcast skies and fog in many areas on Thursday morning, as the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office warned residents to brace for summer storms over the next several days. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)

Summer storms, gusty winds and hail are forecast for many provinces in the North, Northeast, East and Central regions from now into next week, with the Northeast and the East to be hit first.

During the period March 14-19, a high pressure system from China will extend into upper Thailand and the South China Sea, bringing high temperatures, the weather office said on Thursday.

Random summer storms were expected to hit the Northeast and the East first, with provinces in the North and Central Plains, including Bangkok and its vicinity, to affected on following days. Gusty winds, hail and lighting strike are likely in some areas.

The department warned people to stay away from outdoor areas, big trees and unsecured billboards during a storm.

In Chai Nat, residents woke to overcast skies and thick fog in many areas on Thursday morning, as the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office warned them to brace for summer storms over the next several days.

Police patrol units from 14 police stations, particularly those in hilly areas in Noen Kham, Hankha, Wat Sing and Nong Mamong districts were warning motorists to turn on their lights and reduce speed bcause of the poor visibility.

On Thursday and Friday, 10 provinces will be affected in the Northeast (Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchthani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram and Nakhon Ratchasima) and six provinces in the East (Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat). 

On March 15-16, 12 provinces in the Northeast (Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum), four provinces in the Central Plains (Lop Buri, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Bangkok and its vicinity), and seven provinces in the East ( Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Burik, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat) will be hit.

On March 17-19, 15 provinces in the North (Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun), eight provinces in the Northeast (Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram), 13 provinces in the Central Plains (Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Bangkok and its vicinity) and eight provinces in the East (Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat) will be affected.

Motorists in Chai Nat turned on their headlights because of the poor visibility on Thursday morning. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)

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