11 July 2024

Thailand officially enters the cold season tomorrow (Saturday). It will last until the end of February, with slightly lower average temperatures than last year, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

Average low temperatures in northern Thailand are forecast to be between 20oC and 21oC during the cold season, compared to last year’s average of 21oC. Average minimum temperatures in the highlands of the northern and north-eastern regions are forecast to be as low as 8oC, especially in Chiang Rai, Nan, Sakhon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom provinces. In Bangkok, minimum temperatures are predicted to be as low as 17oC and 15oC in its surrounding areas.

The coldest period is expected to be from December to the end of January, according to the department, adding that frost will be seen frequently in mountainous areas.

In the meantime, the southern region will experience widespread rainfall, especially on the eastern coast, in November and December, with the possibility of flash floods at mountain bases and overflows near rivers and canals.

The cold weather will be felt throughout northern and northeastern regions during the Loy Krathong festival in November and eastern and central regions may experience light rain.

The department also predicted a possible tropical cyclone near the Gulf and southern Thailand during November and December.