This year's hot season is not producing heat, but just everything else including floods, drought and even a bit of winter.
A crocodile is captured by zoo workers yesterday at Suan Somdej Phra Sri Nakharin Park, where Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality’s zoo is located. It was one of 11 crocodiles that escaped the flooded zoo. Zoo staff shot dead one crocodile and caught three others. Seven remain at large. Two bears also escaped. NUCHAREE RAKRUN
Wild weather grips the nation
Temperatures plunge, storms wreak havoc
Thailand is expected to experience more unseasonal weather patterns this week causing more floods, rough seas, storms and cold temperatures, meteorology officials warn.
A further drop in temperatures in most parts of the country and continued heavy rainstorms over the southern region during the next few days have been forecast.
Heavy downpours and turbulent seas have caused flash floods in at least six southern provinces, disrupting land, sea and air travel and causing devastating damage to farmland and property in many areas.
Local and foreign high-season tourists were caught off-guard by heavy rainstorms while celebrating their summer holidays in popular southern tourist provinces.
Thousands of tourists were stranded on Koh Samui after bad weather forced the closure of the island's only airport and the suspension of the ferry service to and from the mainland yesterday.
Airline personnel were unable to provide exact departure periods for those stranded as bad weather continued into the night.
A truck has skidded off the inundated road in Nakhon Si Thammarat as the driver tried to navigate through floodwaters. NUCHAREE RAKRUN
Roads in the densely populated tourist areas of Chaweng and the fishermen's village of Bophut are submerged under nearly a metre of water.
Compounding problems for international travellers are fully booked flights from Koh Samui because it is still the busy tourist season on the island. Bangkok Airways personnel said they will give priority to passengers with international connections if weather conditions improve tomorrow.
At least eight people have died – seven in Nakhon Si Thammarat and one in Phatthalung – while more than 268,000 households have been affected by severe floods covering Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Trang, Surat Thani, Chumphon and Songkhla.
But in other parts of the country, 47 provinces, particularly in the north and northeastern regions, have been declared as drought-affected areas with more than seven million people affected.
Weather officials said yesterday they could not say why the high pressure wedge has continued to prevail from China.
"If the influence of the high pressure remains strong, we will see more and more rain in the South," Weather Prediction Division chief Charoon Laohalertchai said.
He said the unusually heavy rainfall in the southern provinces was likely to be a result of the La Nina phenomenon.
The Meteorological Department predicted yesterday the temperature in north, northern, eastern and central provinces, including Bangkok and nearby cities would decrease by three to five degrees Celsius from today.
Residents living in several provinces in the lower Northeast have experienced a sharp drop in temperatures during this summer season.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, a cold spell gripped the province yesterday with Pak Chong district experiencing the lowest temperature at 16.1C.
The temperature dropped to 12C at Phu Rua district in Loei and 5.5C at the top of Phu Rua national park.
In the North, cold spells have also gripped the region, with the temperature on Doi Inthanon, the country's highest peak, measured at 7.8C yesterday.
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capture – to catch someone or something จับ, จับกุม
municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
at large – not having been caught by the police ลอยนวล, ยังไม่ถูกจับกุม
grip – to have a strong affect on something มีผลกระทบ
plunge – to (cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down or into something ลดลงอย่างเร็ว (เช่น ราคา, อุณหภูมิ)
wreak havoc – to cause something bad to happen in a violent and often uncontrolled way ทำให้เกิด ความเสียหายอย่างรุนแรง, ทำให้เกิดความหายนะ
unseasonal – not typical of or not suitable for the time of year ผิดฤดูกาล
rough – not calm or smooth มีคลื่นมาก
forecast – a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now พยากรณ์
meteorology – of a government department responsible for studying and forecasting the weather กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
downpour –a lot of rain in a short time ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
turbulent – changing often ผันผวน
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
disrupt – to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก
devastating – damaging badly or destroying ทำลายล้าง
property – land owned by someone ที่ดิน, อสังหาริมทรัพย์
caught off guard – surprised by something unexpected เผลอ
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
suspension – stopping for a period of time การยกเลิกชั่วคราว, การระงับชั่วคราว
ferry – a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service เรือข้ามฟาก
mainland – a large mass of land that forms the main part of a country but does not include any islands belonging to the country แผ่นดินใหญ่
personnel – the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
exact – precise เที่ยงตรง, ถูกต้อง,แน่นอน
departure – leaving การออกจาก
skid – (especially of a vehicle) to slide along a surface so that you have no control ลื่น,เลื่อนไถล,เซ,ลื่นไหล
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
navigate – to sail or drive along, over or through a sea, river, flooded road etc เดินเรือ
densely populated – having large numbers of people living there
submerge – to cause to be under water ทำให้จมน้ำ ทำให้อยู่ใต้น้ำ
compound – to make a problem or difficult situation worse เพิ่ม
priority – something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else การมาก่อน
household – a group of people, often a family, who live together ครัวเรือน
declare – to announce officially that something is true or happening ประกาศ
drought – a long period of time when there is little or no rain ความแห้งแล้ง
high pressure – a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is higher than average ความกดอากาศสูง
wedge – a large mass of air
prevail – to be the strongest influence or element in a situation มีอิทธิพลเหนือกว่า
influence – the power to have an effect on people or things อิทธิพล
prediction – a statement about what you think will happen in the future คำพยากรณ์,คำทำนาย,การพยากรณ์
La Nina – unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific
phenomenon – something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted, etc., especially something which is unusual or interesting ปรากฏการณ์
Meteorological Department – the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
decrease – to become less ลดลง, น้อยลง
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
sharply – sudden and by a large amount อย่างเร็ว
spell – a period of time when there is a particular type of weather ช่วงเวลาที่มีอากาศลักษณะใดลักษณะหนึ่่ง
peak – the pointed top of a mountain; a mountain with a pointed top จุดสูงสุด, ยอดสูงสุด
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