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Electricity usage hit a new high at 27,639.3 megawatts on Wednesday night as temperatures soared across the nation. Don't expect any relief for at least a week.

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Electricity use hits new record

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Electricity usage hit a new high at 27,639.3 megawatts on Wednesday night as temperatures soared across the nation.

Soonchai Kumnoonsate, governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), said the new peak was recorded at 8.21pm.

Usage topped the previous record of 27,345.8 megawatts set on June 11.

He said the peak occurred at night as Wednesday was a national holiday, so demand spiked among both households and service providers, such as hotels and restaurants.

Mr Soonchai predicted daily electricity consumption could hit another new peak this year, spurred by daytime demand from industry, services and households.

The Egat governor assured the public that the state enterprise can meet power demands, but he urged people to help lower the load between March 20 and May 20 by keeping air conditioners clean, setting thermostats at 26C, turning off unnecessary lights, and switching to power-saving electrical appliances.

Meanwhile, the Thai Meteorological Department says there won't be relief from the heat any time soon. High temperatures for the next week throughout the country will be near or above 40 degrees except for the South. Fortunately winds will be rather strong, gusting to 25km/hour or more in some places.

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Vocabulary:

appliance : a machine or piece of equipment that you have in your home, for example a washing machine or refrigerator - เครื่องใช้

assure : to tell someone that something is true or will definitely happen - ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน

consumption : the act of using energy, food or materials; the amount used - การบริโภคพลังงาน, การใช้หมดไป

demand : the amount of a product or service that people want - ความต้องการ

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) : the state enterprise - รัฐวิสาหกิจ) that owns and manages the majority of Thailand's electricity generation capacity, as well as the nation's transmission network. การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทย

fortunately : used for emphasizing that something good has happened, especially because of good luck - อย่างโชคดี, อย่างเคราะห์ดี

gusting (verb): (of wind) suddenly increase in amount and speed - (ลม) พัดแรงทันที

household : a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน

load : electricity used -

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

megawatt (noun): a unit for measuring electrical power; one million watts - หนึ่งร้อยล้านวัตต์ (คำย่อคือ MW)

Meteorological Department : the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา

peak (adj): the time when something is at its highest or greatest level - ช่วงเวลาที่หนาแน่น, ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด

predict : to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า

provider (noun): a person/company who gives or supplies something - ผู้ให้

relief : a feeling of happiness that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended - การผ่อนคลาย

soar : to rise very quickly to a high level - มีความหวังสูง,พุ่งพรวดขึ้น

spike (verb): to increase suddenly - พุ่งพรวดขึ้น

spur : to cause something to happen - ก่อให้เกิด 

state enterprise : a company or business owned and managed by the government - รัฐวิสาหกิจ

switch : to change - เปลี่ยน

temperature : a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is - อุณหภูมิ

thermostat (noun): a device that measures and controls the temperature of a machine or room, by switching the heating or cooling system on and off as necessary - ตัวควบคุมอุณหภูมิ, ตัวปรับอุณหภูมิ

urge : to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น

usage (noun): how much someone uses a service, measured in minutes, for example - การใช้

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