LAMPHUN, Many provinces in the north and northeastern provinces are affected by cold spells as the active high pressure area from China is covering upper Thailand causing temperatures to drop sharply by 4-7 degrees Celsius.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in the northern province of Lumphun has coordinated with the district and local authorities to survey those affected by the cold weather in order to promptly provide assistance amid the chilling weather.
Heavy fog covered the province early this morning leaving visibility at only 20 metres.
In the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham, the temperature morning stayed at 16 degrees Celsius, dropping by five degrees Celsius as strong winds have lowered the temperature.
Students must in the sunshine to stay warm, while students were allowed to wear trousers to protect themselves from cold.
The provincial disaster response service estimated that some 160,000 people would be impacted from the cold weather this year.
In Nakhon Phanom, people in many districts have to light fires to stay warm as the provincial meteorogical office reported that the temperature this morning was recorded at 12 degrees Celsius.
The Northeastern Meteorological Centre in Ubon Ratchathani said the high pressure ridge from China has covered upper Thailand. Temperature would drop by 4-7 degree Celsius in upper Thailand today through Wednesday. The temperature will be below 16 degrees Celsius in many areas with very cold weather at the high mountain in the North and the upper Northeast, including frost in some areas on the mountaintops.