Songkran revelers warned of summer storms


BANGKOK, 12 April 2013 The Meteorological Department has forecasted that 40% of areas in Bangkok and its vicinity will experience thunderstorms during Songkran while the highest temperature will reach around 34-36 degrees Celsius. 

According to the weather bureau, a low pressure area in the South China Sea is now moving toward the Gulf of Thailand, bringing heavy rains to most parts of the South from now until April 14. Fishermen have been warned of high waves during the Songkran period.

Meanwhile, a high pressure system is coming from mainland China to cover the northern part of Thailand. This likely brings summer storms to the northeastern region, the Central Plain, the North and the East during April 12-14. Strong winds and thunder storms have been predicted, and people should be cautious when leaving their houses. The weather bureau said, however, more expected rain will help cool down all parts of the country.