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Heat wave threat ruled out

Meteorologists and marine scientists yesterday ruled out the possibility of heat wave hitting the country during March 17-19 from the Pacific Ocean, reasoning the country’s coastline geography.

heat waveTheir assurance of no heat wave threat came after an environmental and natural resources academic of Mahidol University, Mr Jirapol Sindhunava, revealed that the record high heat winds in 50 years from the Pacific Ocean has blown into and has covered Thailand.

As a consequence, Thailand will suffer the hottest temperature among Asean countries from March 17 to 19.

But what he said as concerning about was that this heat winds could alter to heat waves that could heighten the hot temperatures of the country and could be hazardous to health, he said.

However meteorologists and marine scientists dismissed the heat wave fear, reasoning that there was no chance of heat wave threat to the country because the hottest day in Thailand is caused by the sun right over the head or is positioned at 90 degrees on the horizon or in April.

Heat wave normally occurs in countries which have large deserts such as India and America.

As Thailand has no desert, so the chance of being hit by heat wave is impossible, assured Mr Wanchai Sak-udomchai, director-general of the Meteorological Department.

For today, the hottest temperature will be 41 degrees Celsius in Nakhon Sawan, Tak and Lampang.

Thailand’s record high temperature was reported in Uttaradit province at 44.5 degrees on 27 April 1960, he said.

He also said the hottest day in Bangkok this year would not break the 1960 record as moistures from the sea would be blown in during the afternoon, noting the hottest temperatures in Bangkok will be from noon to 2 pm at the average 35 -38 degrees Celsius

But in hilly areas such as Kanchanaburi and Tak, the temperatures now have exceeded 40 degrees already now.

Meanwhile director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Dr Anon Sanitwong na Ayutthaya also commented that the occurrence of heat wave in Thailand or in Bangkok is rare as Bangkok located close to the sea, thus enabling transfer of air from land to sea.

The possibility of heat wave will be in hilly areas such as Tak, Mae Hong Son or Kamphaengphet.

But he said there must be accumulation of heat first before heat wave could be formed and happen, adding Thailand was never suffered from heat wave in history.

Thai PBS

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