Cold weather continues in the North

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BANGKOK, 1 January 2014  – Northern residents and visitors to the region have been warned to exercise extra caution while travelling due to dense fog shrouding most provinces. 

The Meteorological Department has reported that even though the cold front from China is weakening, temperatures continue to plunge in Thailand’s upper parts and thick fog has paralysed traffic.

In the North, the average temperature drops to 12 degree Celsius with the mercury plummeting to 5 degree on mountain peaks. Northeastern provinces are experiencing a new low of 6-10 degree in many parts of the region.

Bangkok and its vicinities will see the mercury fall to 18 degree.

35 provinces have so far been declared disaster zones as local residents struggle to cope with lingering wintry conditions. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that since a strong cold front began to cover parts of Thailand earlier last month, over 20 million residents have been affected by the temperature drop.