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The Heat Wave
« on: April 12, 2016, 06:53:02 PM »
Temperatures seen hitting 44C during Songkran

Temperatures could soar as high as 44 degrees Celsius in the North, Northeast and Central Plains throughout the Songkran festival, nearing a record set in 1960, the Meteorological Department said.

Dangerously hot weather with haze were expected daytimes in parts of three regions until Monday, with the mercury hitting 40-44 degrees Celsius, the department predicted on Tuesday.

Department director-general Wanchai Sakudomchai said Tuesday's maximum temperatures were recorded at 42-43C. The mercury in Sukhothai province on Monday already touched 44C, almost matching the highest recorded temperature set 56 years ago

The record for Thailand is 44.5C, set on April 27, 1960 in Uttaradit province.

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Re: yesterdays temperature Nakhon Ratchasima at 43.2
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2016, 11:51:38 AM »
Forecasters warn of heat stroke as mercury nears record high

Sukhothai swelters in its highest April temperatures, approaching nationwide record registered in 1958.

THE MERCURY in the northern province of Sukhothai, Thailand's former capital, has shot to 44 degrees Celsius, the highest the province has ever registered in April, and nearing the highest ever recorded in the country of 44.5 degrees in Uttaradit.

Weather forecasters have warned people against staying in the sun too long given the risk of potentially fatal heat stroke.

Because of a low-pressure zone covering the upper part of Thailand, many provinces have witnessed record-breaking temperatures this month. Lampang's Thoen district on April 7 saw the mercury rise to 43.2 degrees.

On Monday and yesterday, the highest temperatures in Thailand were recorded in Sukhothai's Sri Samrong district, Kanchanaburi at 43.5 and Nakhon Ratchasima at 43.2.

Some provinces saw temperatures this year at the same level as record highs 58 years ago, when Kanchanaburi saw temperatures rise to 43.5 degrees on April 29, 1958.

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Re: extremely hot weather until early May
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2016, 04:24:36 PM »
Meteorological Department warns over extremely hot weather until early May

 The Meteorological Department's Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai explained that Thailand will continue to experience a hot climate until early May, partly as a result of the sun being perpendicular to the Kingdom and the persisting drought condition.

The upper parts of the country is the nation's hottest area, with temperatures around 42-43 degrees Celsius. The highest temperatures in the Southern region will be around 39-40 degrees Celsius, due to moisture and the cool sea breeze.

After around mid-May onwards, Thailand will begin to enter the monsoon season. The expected rainfall will help reduce the heat and alleviate the drought issue.

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Re: extremely hot weather until early May
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2016, 08:32:54 PM »
Meteorological Department warns over extremely hot weather until early May

 The Meteorological Department's Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai explained that Thailand will continue to experience a hot climate until early May, partly as a result of the sun being perpendicular to the Kingdom....

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Re: Mercury to continue to soar after summer storm
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2016, 04:31:32 PM »
Mercury to continue to soar after summer storm

The Meteorological Department expects the mercury to peak late this month while estimating that the rainy season this year will start in the middle of May in the southern region.

Mr Wanchai Sakudomchai, Director-General of the Meteorological Department, disclosed that the North, Northeast, East and Upper Central Plains will continue to be under the influence of a summer storm until tomorrow. He urged residents to brace for heavy rains and gusty winds, adding however that such conditions will help relieve them of the summer heat for the time being.

On the other hand, from April 25 to the end of the month, Mr Wanchai noted that temperatures will rebound to as high as 43-44 degrees Celsius as the sun will be positioned directly overhead. During the period, the country will also be exposed to a large amount of radiation from the sun.

As for the rainy season, the Director-General said it is likely to begin in the South in the third week of May. More rainfall is also forecast compared to last year, with the accompaniment of offshore storm systems, due to the La Nina phenomenon.

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And we thought it was hot :-[

We haven't reached the all time high yet and i hope we don't, it still remains at 44.5 degrees set at Uttaradit in 1960.
Although the electric consumption has peaked the pound hasn't it's still dragging it's feet, on the worst side of 50 bht to the £


But ..... the Sun is to shine directly overhead Bangkok Tuesday  :o  May not be hottest day of year, however.

While Bangkok will get the sun's full illumination that day, other factors, including cloud cover and humidity, will determine if it will be 2016's hottest day.

The Meteorological Department predicted that many areas in the North, Northeast, East and Central Plain will either be hot or extremely hot between from April 25-28.

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Hottest temperature expected in Bangkok today when sun is directly overhead at 12.16 pm

 People living in Bangkok can experience this year’s hottest day today on when the sun will be closest to the capital and directly above it.

Highest temperature today will be 39-40 degrees Celsius.

According to Dr Saran Poshyachinda, deputy director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), the sun will be exactly above the capital at 12.16 pm today.

However he said even though the sun will be directly overhead, it does not mean it will be the hottest day, as it is dependent on various factors.

He said the next time that the sun will be directly overhead in Bangkok is August 16 this year when it is in rainy season.

Past statistics showed that Bangkok experienced the highest temperature of 40 degrees Celsius in April 20, 1979 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

In theory when the sun is exactly above the head, it will be the hottest day as Bangkok will be fully exposed by the heat of the sun.

Meanwhile Mr Wanchai Sakudomchai, director-general of the Meteorological Department, also said highest  temperature in Bangkok today will be 39-40 degrees Celsius.

However highest temperatures will be in the Lower North and Upper Central regions covering Uttaradit, Lampang, and the Surin, Buriram and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces.

Temperatures in these areas are expected to be 40-43 degrees Celsius.

He said the hottest temperature this year will be in the period between end of this month and early in May which will see temperature rising to 44 degrees Celsius.

However wind or cloud factors might help to bring down the temperature during the period, he added.

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Re: Thailand experiencing longest heatwave in 65 years
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2016, 06:01:24 PM »
Burning up: Thailand experiencing longest heatwave in 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heatwave in at least 65 years and authorities have advised people to stay indoors.

The average temperature has risen above 40 degrees Celsius in many regions in April, with the mercury spiking one day to a near record breaking 44.3 degrees Celsius.

The hottest day ever recorded in Thailand was 44.4 degrees Celsius on April 27, 1960, in the northern province of Uttaradit.

According to the Thai Meteorological Department, the average temperature nationwide has surpassed alert levels and the heatwave is expected to continue,

"Stay indoors, try to limit activity outdoors. Wear sunglasses, wear hats with large brims. Drink more water than usual," the Department of Disease Control said in a statement this week.

"Do not let young children out of your sight for even a brief moment," the statement said, noting that an average of 90 children die every month in Thailand from drowning but about 135 have died in April, reported AP.

The heatwave isn’t just affecting us humans.

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Re: Thailand’s Heat Wave Claims 21 Lives as Temperatures Soar
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2016, 12:46:25 PM »
Thailand’s Heat Wave Claims 21 Lives as Temperatures Soar

The current heat wave in Thailand, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius in certain parts of country, has claimed 21 lives so far during March until April.

According to the Director of Department of Communicable Disease Control, Dr Amnuay Kajina, 20 of the victims were men while one a woman.

Last year he said that 56 people fell victim to the heat wave, most of them men, who worked as labourers.

“The mercury in some areas (in Thailand) may rise above 40 degrees Celsius and if people’s bodies cannot release heat continuously, they could fall ill and die from heatstroke,” he was quoted by the local media Friday.

He said that the symptoms of heatstroke included headaches, blackouts, convulsions, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat and shock and if not treated immediately could be fatal.

Among those who are at risk of heatstroke are people who work outdoors and do activities under the sweltering sun, children under five, people with high blood pressure and those who are obese.

He advised people to wear light-coloured clothes, stay indoors, drink more water and refrain from any outdoor activities, which could expose them to the risk of heatstrokes.

Meanwhile, Thai Meteorological Department, said that the temperature in Mae Hong Son, situated in the northern part of the country, notched 41 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the highest in Thailand, while on the same day in Bangkok, it was 37 degrees Celsius.

The heat wave engulfing Thailand has also pushed electricity consumption to an all-time high as more people use air conditioning system to cool off from the heat and staying indoors, said the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

The eletricity consumption peaked for the sixth time this year reaching 29,403 Megawatts with average temperature across Thailand at 37.8 degrees Celsius, the authority said.

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Heat stroke deaths reach 34

Soaring temperatures that show no signs of easing have raised concerns about more deaths from heat stroke, which has already killed 34 people in less than two months.

The Public Health Ministry is closely monitoring conditions as high temperatures have persisted into May, although the Meteorological Department still expects the rainy season to start on May 15.

Heat exhaustion killed 34 people between early March and April 22, according to ministry figures released on Saturday.

Dr Sophon Mekthon, the ministry's permanent secretary, advised people to avoid staying out or doing exercise in the heat for long periods in iorder to prevent heat exhaustion. Those doing outdoor activities should drink one litre of water every hour, even if they don't feel thirsty, to prevent dehydration, he added.

The El Nino effect has contributed to unusually hot weather conditions in Thailand and other countries this year. Forecasters now say that the emerging La Nina phenomenon that usually follows El Nino is likely to bring more rain than usual to much of Asia.

The weather bureau warned on Saturday of extremely hot conditions until Monday in the northern, northeastern, eastern and central regions. Temperatures could rise to 42 degrees Celsius in some areas before summer storms and strong winds arrive from Tuesday to Friday to the upper part of the country, it added.

Sukhothai was the hottest province on Friday at 43.6C, slightly ahead of Nakhon Sawan, at 43.5 and Uttaradit at 43, the department said.

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Re: The Heat Wave - Some Rainy Relief Coming Soon
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2016, 12:10:11 PM »
Some Rainy Relief Coming Soon

 The longest heatwave in 65 years may soon break.

Things are set to cool down (slightly) next week when scattered thunderstorms and a southern breeze are expected to hit the capital starting Monday.

Records for power consumption were again shattered Wednesday as Thailand peaked at 29,600 megawatts at 2:12pm. It was the seventh time this year a new record has been set in all-time national power usage, according to Thai PBS.

After scorching Songkran temperatures soared into the 40s across large swaths of the country, choking on its worst drought in two decades, temperatures are expected to drop as a high pressure front creeps into Thailand from China, according to the Meteorological Department.

Come Monday, the thunderstorms currently causing rainfall in parts of the north and northeast will extend to much of the country, including Bangkok and the central region.

Day time highs in Bangkok are expected to dip from the current 37C to a more bearable 34C on Tuesday, with overnight lows also expected to fall several degrees.

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Re: The Heat Wave - UN: 2016 'very likely' to be hottest year on record
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2016, 12:16:40 PM »
UN: 2016 'very likely' to be hottest year on record

The year 2016 will "very likely" be the hottest on record, the UN said Monday, warning of calamitous consequences if the march of global warming cannot be halted.

Average temperatures for the year were set to hit about 1.2 degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels -- meaning that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record were this century, said the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The new record means the world is already more than halfway to the upper limit of 2° C of warming overall, 1.5°C if possible, which UN nations had agreed upon to stave off worst-case-scenario climate change.

"Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016," WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

The El Niño weather phenomenon had boosted temperatures in the early months of the year, but even after its effects dissipated, the mercury stayed high.

In parts of Arctic Russia, temperatures were 6° C to 7° C higher than the long-term average, the statement said. Other Arctic and sub-Arctic regions in Russia, Alaska and northwest Canada were at least 3° C above average.

"We are used to measuring temperature records in fractions of a degree, and so this is different," said Mr Taalas.

The WMO report was published as UN climate talks entered their second week in Marrakesh -- the first since last year's huddle in the French capital concluded with the climate-rescue Paris Agreement.

The Moroccan follow-up is meant to agree on rules for executing the plans and goals outlined in the pact, which envisions reining in global warming by cutting back on greenhouse-gas emitting coal, oil and gas for energy.

Earlier Monday, the annual Global Carbon Budget report said carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have been nearly flat for three years in a row -- a "great help" but not enough to stave off dangerous climate change.

Both analyses warned that concentrations of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continued to rise, reaching 400 parts per million in 2015 and likely to exceed that record in 2016.

Global temperatures for January to September this year were about 1.2° C over pre-industrial levels, and 0.88° C over the average for 1961-90, said the WMO.

"More than 90% of northern hemisphere land areas outside the tropics were at least 1° C above average."

Temperatures were also above normal over most ocean areas, contributing to coral bleaching and disrupted marine ecosystems in tropical waters, the report said.

Arctic sea ice extent was "well below normal" throughout the year.

"Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen," the WMO said. Heatwaves and flooding that once occurred once in a generation, are now much more regular.

It pointed to several "high impact" events this year, including Hurricane Matthew which ravaged Haiti in October, flooding in China, several heatwaves, the most damaging wildfire in Canadian history and major droughts.

Food shortages, population migration and conflict are expected to increase as a result of more frequent and potentially more intense weather-related disasters, the report warned.

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