Source: Vientiane Times
A low-pressure trough will pass through northern and central Laos along with southerly monsoon winds, which will bring heavy rain and occasional strong winds until September 10.
This means everyone should be prepared for weather extremes and keep track of forecasts, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department warns.
Phongsaly, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces can expect intermittent rain and gusting winds, with temperatures ranging from 21-32 degrees Celsius.
In the northwest, the provinces of Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Xayaboury will experience similar conditions, with temperatures ranging from 23-35C.
The central provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Khammuan can also expect stormy weather, with heavy rain showers and gusting winds, accompanied by temperatures of 23-35C.
In Xaysomboun province, temperatures will be lower at 12-27C, with storms and gusting winds also possible.
It will remain hot in the south with occasional thundery showers, heavy rain and strong winds in Champassak, Xekong and Attapeu provinces, with temperatures ranging from 23-35C.
Plateau areas can also expect more rain and strong winds, and a temperature range of 17-29C.
In Vientiane, the hot weather will continue with temperatures ranging from 24-35 and a strong possibility of more rain and gusting winds.
Thailand’s Meteorology Department forecasts that provinces bordering Laos, namely Loei, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen, will see scattered to fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rain from September 5-7.
From September 8-9, scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain will occur in upper areas.
Minimum temperatures will range from 22-36C and wind speeds will vary from 10-25 km/hour, according to the Thai Meteorology Department’s website.
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.
Provincial officials in Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Xayaboury, Khammuan and Xekong have advised people living in mountainous areas and along rivers to be prepared for more flooding and landslides.
Provincial committees are being set up to closely monitor river levels and the possibility of landslides and flooding, and have been instructed to prepare vehicles, equipment, manpower, drinking water and food for an emergency response in the event of a disaster.