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Heavy rain in 14 Southern provinces at risk of flash flooding, wave height 3 meters

On February 26, 2022, the Meteorological Department announced “Heavy to very heavy rains and strong winds in the southern region”, according to announcement issue 8. Still, extra caution for sailors and local people should be taken.

During February 26-27, 2022, an intense low-pressure cell covers Malaysia and the lower southern Thailand. In addition, the high-pressure area or intense cold air mass from China still extended to cover upper Thailand and the South China Sea. As a result, the easterly and northeasterly winds that prevailed over the Gulf of Thailand and the South became strong, causing heavy to very heavy rainfall in the South in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun. People in the area should beware of the danger of heavy to very heavy rains and cumulative rains, which may cause flash floods.

The wind waves in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are quite strong. The upper Gulf of Thailand has a wave height of about 2 meters, the lower Gulf of Thailand with a wave height of 2-3 meters, in some areas with thunderstorms with a wave height of more than 3 meters, and the Andaman Sea with a wave height of 1-2 meters. On the east side, beware of strong winds blowing towards the shore.

The sailors should sail with caution, and avoid sailing in thunderstorm areas. Small boats in the Gulf of Thailand should also stay ashore during this period. Therefore, people are asked to follow the announcements from the Meteorological Department, and the information from the Meteorological Department website or call 0-2399-4012-13 and 1182, available 24 hours a day.

In the south of Thailand, there are seasonal variations depending on which coast you happen to be on. Additionally, the southern provinces only really have two seasons: wet and dry. The Gulf Coast is dry between January and August, while the dry season on the Andaman Coast runs from November to March.

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