Met. Dept. forecasts heavy rains in Thailand’s North and Northeast


BANGKOK, 20 August 2014  – The Meteorological Department has warned residents living in Thailand’s northern and northeastern regions to brace for heavy rains on August 20-21.

A monsoon is set to be sweeping past Thailand’s northern region, Laos, and Vietnam. Meanwhile, another southwestern monsoon would be covering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Thailand is likely to face scattered rainstorms in 40 percent up to 70 percent of the country due to these monsoons. Gusty winds and torrential rains are expected across 14 provinces in the North and upper Northeast as well.

Those provinces include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phrae, Phayao, Lampang, Tak, Loei, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, and Nakhon Phanom.

Bangkok and its suburbs, meanwhile, would be covered with cloudy skies and face scattered thunderstorms throughout 70 percent of the capital. Temperatures are set to hover between 26-27 degrees Celsius at minimum and 32-34 degrees Celsius at maximum.