New storm brings more rain to North, Northeast

WEATHER: Thailand’s North and Northeast  is expected to face ongoing rain as the latest “Mawar” storm moves closer.

At 4.00 am LST today (Sept. 2), Thai Meteorological Department Director-General  Wanchai Sakudomchai issued weather warning letter no. 3 regarding tropical storm Mawar heading inland from over upper South China Sea.

The Mawar storm is locates 360 kilometers away from South-Southeast of Hong Kong or at 21.0 degrees North latitude, 117.2 degrees East longitude. The storm has maximum sustained wind speed at about 75 knots and is moving Northwest at 13 knots speed. It is expected to move towards Northern Hong Kong and Eastern Guandong, China, during September 3-4, this storm has no direct effect on Thailand’s weather.

However, there is a monsoon trough that lies across Myanmar, Laos and upper Vietnam, and a weak southwesterly monsoon can be expected across the Andaman Sea and Thailand. The country overall should see a decrease in rainfall except for the North and the Northeast which might be getting more rain and some isolated heavy falls.

Other travelers across the Southeast Asia should follow the weather updates closely.

Weather forecast for Bangkok metropolis and vicinity from 06:00 am today to 06:00 am tomorrow:
Scattered thundershowers.
Minimum temperature 24-25 °C.
Maximum temperature 33-36 °C.
Southwesterly winds speed is 15-30 km/hr.

Meanwhile South China Morning Post reported yesterday (Sept. 1) that tropical depression Mawar, which is threatening to bring Hong Kong its third typhoon in only two weeks, is expected to be closest to the city on Sunday afternoon when it makes landfall in Shantou, eastern Guangdong, according to weather officials.

Senior science officer Cheng Yuen-chung from the Hong Kong Observatory said the depression might intensify into a typhoon over the weekend, but whether it would trigger the signal No 8 warning depended on its strength as it edged closer to land.

If Mawar prompted the No 8 warning signal, it would be the first time a T8 was issued for five consecutive storms to hit Hong Kong since tropical cyclone records began in 1946.


By Piboon Awasdaruharote


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