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Severe temperature drop expected
« on: November 15, 2010, 08:22:50 AM »
Severe temperature drop expected

Thirteen provinces in the north and northeastern regions Thailand are now suffering a cold spell, and the Meteorological Department forecasts that frigid temperatures in the North this year will be much more severe than in past years.
Altogether 14,260 villages in 13 provinces are currently affected by the cold spell, and have declared ‘disaster zones from cold’, said the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
The 13 provinces are Chiang Mai, Phetchabun, Phayao, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Loei, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom and Nong Khai.
Meanwhile, authorities in the northern capital of Chiang Mai have declared two more districts — Mae Chaem and Chom Thong –  to be cold spell-hit areas, raising the number of districts to become victim to the cold to nine, Chiang Mai deputy governor Chuchart Kilapang said on Saturday.
To date, more than 180,000 residents in Chiang Mai are affected by the cold weather while officials are instructed to provide assistance for these affected people.
Local authorities are preparing to declare another six districts in the province as ‘cold spell zones’.
Several charitable organisations have already begun distributing clothes and blankets to the poor in the affected areas.
Temperatures in the North are expected to drop between 1- 4 degrees Celsius next week, mainly due to a high pressure area from China which will extend its weather system ridge to cover the region.
Temperature are expected to drop below 15 degrees Celsius, according to a forecast by the Meteorological Department.

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