Weather: Extreme Heat with Isolated Thunderstorms
Source: Vientiane Times
Temperatures in most parts of the country will remain high, while thunderstorms and strong winds are possible from May 1-7, the Meteorology and Hydrology has forecast.
Over the coming week, isolated thunderstorms can be expected in Phongsaly, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces, where the temperature range is forecast at 16-32 degrees Celsius.
It will be hotter in Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Luang Prabang and Xayaboury provinces, where temperatures will range from 23-40C with thunderstorms and strong winds also possible.
The hot weather will also continue in the central provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay,Khammuan, Savannakhet, where temperatures will range from 22-40C and thunderstorms and wind gusts are also likely.
It will be cooler in Xaysomboun province, where the temperature range is forecast at 16-30C and intermittent torrential rain and wind gusts can be expected.
Champassak, Xekong, Saravan and Attapeu provinces will also experience high temperatures, ranging from 25-40, while thunderstorms and strongwinds are also possible.
Plateau areas will be cooler and may experience light rain, with temperatures forecast at 16-29C.
The extreme heat will continue in Vientiane, with temperatures ranging from 23-40C, and the possibility of thunderstorms and gusting winds until the weekend.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warns that extreme heat will increase the risk of fires, while storms could result in the collapse of electricity poles and trees, and damage to roofs.
Thailand’s Meteorology Department forecasts that provinces bordering Laos, namely Loei, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen, can expect continuing high temperatures and poor air quality from May 3-7. Winds will be south-easterly with speeds of 10-20 km/hour. The minimum temperature range will be 22-27C and the maximum range will be 37-42C.
Members of the public are advised to follow weather forecasts issued by newspapers, radio and television or visit the Meteorology and Hydrology Department’s Facebook page and prepare for extreme weather if necessary.