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The winds are blowing the wrong way this year for some reason, bringing rain instead of cool, dry air, a situation that is likely to continue for some time. 

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This is not the typical weather map for this time of year. Winds from the south are blowing in rain and it looks like the dry, cool weather that normally comes from the north will be delayed for quite some time. Graphic from weather underground.

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Where is the cool season, anyway?

Normally, at this time of the year, our Bangkok weather comes from China in the form of high pressure systems. That means clear skies plus dry, refreshingly cool air.

That obviously hasn't happened yet this year, and weather forecasters say we are unlikely to see "winter" any time soon.

Instead of high pressure from the north, we are being affected by low pressure fronts from the southern part of the country, resulting in severe rainfall, a senior official at Thai Meteorological Department told the Bangkok Post yesterday.

This is quite unlike typical weather patterns in the past.

The unusually heavy rain "is not a result of El Nino or La Nina", the official said, adding that it will probably continue well into the December, with especially strong downpours during the month.

"The [rain] levels will gradually reduce but will still remain above the seasonal average ... over the past 30 years," she added.

Meanwhile, low pressure systems have been dominating in the Central, South and Gulf of Thailand regions, causing rainstorms.

Heavy rainfall yesterday caused a flash flood in Chumphon's Pathiu district, affecting 49 villages. No injuries were reported.

The governor of Chumphon, Pirasak Hinmuangkao, has ordered a 24-hour alert and called for careful monitoring of the situation.

It has been raining along the southeastern coast since Monday and fishing boats have remained near the shore.

The area from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Nakhon Si Thammarat has also been warned of heavy rainfall and possible flash floods.

Wanchai Udomchai, director of the Southeastern Meteorological Centre, advised fishermen to keep their fishing boats ashore as waves in the Gulf of Thailand could be as high as two metres.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Apinya Wipatayotin.

typical – happening in the usual way; showing what something is usually like ตามแบบฉบับ, ตามปกติ
delayed – happening at a later time than expected เกิดขึ้นช้ากว่าปกติ
normally – usually; in normal circumstances โดยปกติ, ตามปกติ
high pressure – a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is higher than average ความกดอากาศสูง
refreshing – making you feel less tired or hot ซึ่งทำให้สดชื่น
obviously – clearly เห็นได้ชัด, อย่างชัดแจ้ง
forecaster – someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
low pressure – a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is lower than average ความกดอากาศต่ำ
front – the line where a mass of cold air meets a mass of warm air
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
Meteorological Department – the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
pattern – a regular arrangement of lines, shapes, colours, etc. รูปแบบ
El Nino – unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific
La Nina – the cooling of the water in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that happens every few years and that affects the weather in many parts of the world
downpour – a lot of rain in a short time ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
level – the amount of something that exists in a particular situation at a particular time  ระดับ
gradually – slowly and in small stages or amounts อย่างทีละน้อย
reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
average – an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
dominate – to control, to be the most important thing ครอบคลุม
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
alert – a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous การเตือนให้ระวัง
monitor – to regularly check someone/something จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์
coast – an area of land beside the sea ชายฝั่ง
shore – the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, a lake or another large area of water ชายฝั่ง
advise – to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation แนะนำ, แจ้ง
ashore – on land; towards, onto or on land, having come from an area of water such as the sea or a river บนบก, เทียบฝั่ง,  เกยฝั่ง

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