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GOING THAILAND? HEAT WAVE REACHES 52 DEG C

Thailand is currently grappling with a severe heatwave, with temperatures reaching unprecedented levels in several areas across the country. The Thai Meteorological Department reported that more than three dozen districts in 77 provinces have recorded new highs in April, which is typically the hottest month of the year. These new records surpass previous highs dating back to 1958.

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In April alone, temperatures have exceeded 40 deg C (104F) in 26 provinces. The northern province of Lampang has experienced the highest temperature this year, reaching 44.2C, just short of the highest temperature ever recorded in Thailand (44.6 deg C) in 2016 and 2023.

The extreme heat has led to a surge in power consumption, with usage reaching a new record of 36,699 megawatts on Monday. This is the third time in a week that power demand has hit a new peak. The weather bureau has advised people to limit outdoor activities due to the scorching heat, with maximum temperatures in most regions predicted to exceed 40 deg C on Tuesday.

The intense heat has also resulted in a rise in heat-related deaths, with approximately 30 fatalities reported nationwide this year, according to the Ministry of Public Health. The metropolitan administration warned that Bangkok’s heat index, which considers humidity, was listed as above 52 deg C and “very dangerous” on Tuesday.

This extreme heat wave is a stark reminder of the urgent need for measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. As temperatures continue to rise, it is crucial for authorities to take appropriate action to protect their citizens from the dangerous effects of extreme heat.

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