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Hail, Fires and Heat Stroke


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This is what has come as a result of a strangely hot summer this year.

recently, has also seen one woman die during a storm after a tree fell and crushed her car.

This year, experts are predicting that Thailand’s 2019 summer will be irregularly hot with extended droughts.

All week through till Thursday we will be expecting highs of 38C and from around Friday will peak at 40C and that will continue throughout the weekend. So, let’s just say, every day is a hot hot day with more to come.

However, that does not just stop at Pattaya and Bangkok as northern Isaan and central provinces will actually be hotter than us peaking at 44C. So for anyone travelling or going away for the next foreseeable future, please drink lots of water and be careful during the day.

Because of the phenomenon called El Nino Thailand is 30 to 40 per cent hotter this year. It turns out that years with the El Nino phenomenon are seemingly hotter than usual. That was from a statement made on Monday from Seree Supratid, director of the Climate Change and Disaster Center, Rangsit University.

El Dorado Weather has said that districts in Lampang, Loei, Mae Hong Son, Nong Bua Lamphu and Tak were among the hottest places on earth as of Monday, with Thoen district in Loei taking fifth place.

All this heat can lead to unexpected weather. On Sunday in the north saw hail and 160 houses in Nakhon Ratchasima damaged and also damage to 100 houses in Lampang.

In the Mae Taeng district Sunday Mrs Nhormuekae Kerdsuklert, 59, died as a result of a storm causing a large tree to fall onto her family car. All 5 family members were injured as a result.

Deputy junta Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan has warned cadets of the incoming heat saying “The military and police should take care of training and first aid procedures, due to the extremely hot weather,” Prawit instructed Monday. “Incoming cadets should be prepared for environmental factors… so that there is no event of injury or death.”

Monday,  forest officials from Mae Hong Son were called to deal with dozens of forest fires that have started since the hot season started. On Sunday in Korat, a forest fire had broken out not 10 meters from a roadside restaurant.

Farmers have had a warning not to start planting and postpone the planting season till about August, as there should be rain during that period as droughts will last to at least July.

As for us, people in Bangkok and in the urban jungles, have been warned, that buildings and structures made of concrete which will absorb heat will cause many to suffer from heatstroke. A recommendation to stay indoors and drinking plenty of fluids has been issued from Seree, just while the sun is out.

Heat can also indirectly cause food- and waterborne illnesses such as shigellosis, diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid fever, added Praphat Weerapol of the Amnat Charoen Provincial Health Office.


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