Heavy rains on way but less than 2023

The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) has warned of heavy rainfall from August to September, but the total amount of rainfall this year is expected to be 26% below average.

The ONWR said the weather will shift to a typical La Nina pattern in July until the end of this year.

The country recently entered the rainy season, which officially runs from May 20 till mid-October.

Rainfall is expected to decline from June to mid-July. Heavy rainfall is expected from August to September, causing flash floods in many areas. At least two major storms are expected to hit the country.

"Although we have faced a La Nina pattern this year, the amount of water is believed to be 26% less than normal," the office said.

State agencies have been working together to strengthen the early warning systems for floods with an effort to mitigate damage to local communities hit by rain.

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  • decline: to become less or worse - ลดลง
  • flash floods (noun): floods that happen suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • 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 -
  • major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก
  • mitigate: to make something less harmful or serious - บรรเทา
  • officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
  • state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ
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