Bad weather ‘to last a couple more days’
Sunny weather is on the way, but first there's more rain and more rain, and cool temperatures.
Tuesday 29 March 2011, 11:17PM
The Meteorological Department yesterday issued flood warnings for the middle part of the Southern region of Thailand due to heavy rainfall caused by an intense low pressure system.
Flooding is expected especially in Chumporn, Ranong, Phang-nga, Phuket, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Pattalung, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces.
Parts of Chumphon, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Patthalung provinces have already been declared disaster zones because of flooding.
Small fishing boats are warned to stay in port during the next two days as waves are predicted to reach as much as three metres high in the Gulf of Siam.
Today and tomorrow (March 29-30), the prevailing low pressure trough will move southwestward, out across the Andaman Sea.
During this period, the unseasonal weather system will also drop the temperature by between three and five degrees Celsius in all parts of the country.
A meteorologist at the Phuket Meteorology Office, Sophon Sangkaew, said waves in the Andaman Sea could reach four metres, or higher in some areas.
However, he said weather is expected to begin to clear from Thursday (March 30) onwards.