Thailand faces scorching 44.5°C in April

Tourists walk under strong sunlight near the Grand Palace last week. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
Tourists walk under strong sunlight near the Grand Palace last week. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Weather forecasters say temperatures could reach 43.0-44.5 degrees Celsius this month, with some relief from summer storms.

The Meteorological Department said that from Monday to Sunday this week hot and extremely hot weather was likely in the northeastern and eastern parts of the country.

High temperatures in those two regions could reach 41-43°C.

From April 8 to 10 there could be summer storms including hailstorms there due to cold weather expected in upper Vietnam.

Thunderstorms could occur in the South but in general the weather would be promising for tourists, the department said.

Throughout this month, the Meteorological Department expected average temperatures to be about 30% higher than normal levels.

The highest temperatures could rise to 43.0-44.5°C, especially in the North, the Northeast and the upper parts of the Central Plains and the East, the department said.

Summer storms might cool down temperatures at some points this month, it added.

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  • average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
  • extremely: very; to a very high degree - อย่างมาก, อย่างยิ่ง
  • forecaster: someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather - นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
  • hailstorm: a storm in which a lot small balls of ice fall like rain - พายุลูกเห็บ
  • likely: probable or expected - น่าจะเป็นไปได้
  • Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • occur: to happen - เกิดขึ้น
  • promising: likely to be successful or very good - มีอนาคตดี,มีความหวัง
  • relief: help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา
  • scorching: extremely hot - ร้อนมาก, ซึ่งทำให้แสบร้อน
  • throughout (adv): during the whole period of time of something - โดยตลอด
  • thunderstorm: a storm with thunder and lightning and usually very heavy rain - พายุฝน,ฝนตกหนักที่มีพายุและฟ้าแลบ
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