Mercury starts climbing as high pressure weakens

THOSE who felt a wee bit cold over the past 2 to 3 days will be pleased to hear that the high pressure from China which caused the temperature to drop suddenly over the past 2-3 days is now weakening and warmer days are ahead till New Year, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported this afternoon (Dec. 21).

A WAFF app at the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Ministry of Science and Technology, shows that this high pressure which caused the temperature to suddenly plunge across the North, Northeast, Central region including Bangkok, is clearly weakening.

The coldest it was in Bangkok over the past 2-3 days was 14.8° Celsius. However this morning it was 19° Celsius and this afternoon 24-25° degrees Celsius.

This WAFF app indicates that from now till New Year the weather, especially in Bangkok, will get warmer, with no signs of it getting as chilly as the past 2-3 days.

However whether another high pressure from China will descend on Thailand in the New Year still remains to be seen.

Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department also said today that the strong high pressure from China is weakening and the temperature will now rise, but warned that it will still be bringing continuous cold spells in the North.

The weathermen also said that at 10 am today tropical storm Kaitak was moving at maximum sustained wind of 74 km/hr and is forecast to decline into a tropical depression as it moves near Malaysia and the lower South of Thailand.

This will increase the volume of rain in the southern region especially in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Satun provinces.


Top: Tourists enjoying a cold morning dawn up on Doi Inthanon mountain in Chiang Mai where the temperature dropped to -2° Celsius yesterday. Photo: Matichon