Expect Hot Weather Accompanied by Thunderstorms Countrywide
Source: Vientiane Times
A high-pressure system is covering northern Laos, while westerly winds prevail in the north of the country and a south-easterly airflow predominates in central and southern Laos.
High temperatures, accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds in some areas, will continue across the country at least until April 25.
In Phongsaly, Huaphan, and Xieng Khuang provinces the temperature range will average 17-32 degrees Celsius, with occasional thunderstorms and strong winds.
It will be hotter in Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, and Xayaboury provinces where temperatures will range from 20-39C.
The central provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay, and Khammuan can also expect more hot weather with sporadic thunderstorms, occasional strong winds, and a temperature range of 23-38C.
Xaysomboun will experience cool mornings with scattered showers and temperatures ranging from 18-31C.
In the south, occasional thunderstorms and strong winds are possible in Champassak, Xekong, and Attapeu provinces, with temperatures ranging from 24-39C. Plateau areas will be cooler with isolated thunderstorms, wind gusts, and temperatures ranging from 17-28C.
Vientiane can expect more thunderstorms, light rain and gusting winds, and a temperature range of 27-37C.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Meteorology Department forecasts that provinces bordering Laos, namely Loei, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, and Khon Kaen, can expect high temperatures and continuing air pollution, while scattered thunderstorms with gusting winds and hail are forecast until noon on April 25. Winds will be south-easterly with speeds of 10-20 km/hour. The minimum temperature range will be 23-25C and the maximum range will be 34-37C.
Members of the public should follow weather forecasts through newspapers, radio, and television or visit the Meteorology and Hydrology Department’s Facebook page and prepare for extreme weather if necessary.