Localised Thunderstorm Alert Issued Ahead Of Weekend

Source: Vientiane Times

People across all parts of the country should be on alert for summer thunderstorms and pay close attention to weather forecasts as hot weather and storm risk intensifies.

A moderate high pressure system emanating from southern China will cover all parts of Laos and gusty westerly and easterly winds are set to prevail over the country, which are expected to cause outbreaks of summer thunderstorms from Saturday to Monday.

Summer thunderstorms, including strong wind and some hail, are expected over parts of the north, the central and the south areas of Laos, according to a weather warning issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Weekend Storms Batter Parts Of Laos

The department yesterday warned the public and relevant authorities to be prepared for summer thunderstorms in the capital and the provinces of Xieng Khuang, Bokeo, Luang Prabang, Xayaboury, Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Xekong, and Champassak.

People should stay safe and avoid outdoors in advance of severe weather conditions.

People who plan to travel to other provinces or abroad should also closely monitor weather conditions before departing in order to ensure their safety.

There are many localised thunderstorms during this time of the year.

These generally impact on limited areas, unlike the more widespread variety more common during the rainy season from July to October.

Intense bouts of strong winds, heavy rains, and hail could be expected in some parts of the country, an official from Meteorology and Hydrology Department said.

It was important to warn people due to the potential for severe damage like that experienced as a result of a severe thunderstorm that hit Hadxaidong district, Vientiane in 2015.

Last weekend a localised storm with hail hit parts of the capital and neighbouring Vientiane province, the official said.