Reading about the weather
The Bangkok Post has a weather report every day, usually on or near page three of the first section. Since the weather in Thailand tends to change very slowly (as compared to colder countries), you will see the same vocabulary day after day. This makes it easy to learn and easy to remember. In fact you can learn to read Thailand's weather in one or two days.
The weather report on this page is from early November, which is an especially good time of year for learning weather vocabulary. At this time the cool season has usually begun in the North, but not in the central region near Bangkok. The South is usually quite rainy, especially on the east coast in places such as Ko Samui and Songkla. Thus, the early November weather report will give you a wide variety of weather vocabulary.
Below is a list of weather-related vocabulary found in this report. Learn this vocabulary and you can understand the Bangkok Postís weather report almost any day of the year.
|minimum||the lowest or least possible|
|maximum||the highest or greatest possible|
|humidity||the amount of water vapour in the air|
|relative humidity||the amount of water vapour in the air expressed as a percentage of the total amount of water vapour that could possibly be present|
|fog||a thick mist, similar to a cloud that has touched the ground|
|patch (of fog)||a small area (of fog)|
|fair||bright and not raining; pleasant|
|cool||cold but not cold enough to require a jacket|
|shower||a short period of light rain or snow|
|thunder||a loud noise that follows a flash of lightning|
|widespread||covering a large area|
|isolated||far away from any others|
|scattered||small and far apart; widely and irregularly separated|
The weather report also gives information about the sea and here are the key words:
|tide||the rise and fall of the sea caused by the pull of the moon|
|slight||small in degree|
|moderate||neither large nor small; towards the middle in degree|
|rough||stormy; not smooth|