Health watch urged for several areas as mercury drops (Thailand)

Temperatures have been dropping in many regions across the country, with some northern areas already hit by a cold spell.

The Meteorological Department yesterday urged people to take extra care of their health as weather conditions were changing.

“It’s just between 4 and 10 degrees Celsius on mountaintops,” it said.

According to the weather bureau, the mercury dropped by between 1-3 degrees in the North, Northeast, East and Central regions yesterday under the influence of a high-pressure ridge hovering over the upper part of the country.

In Bangkok and its vicinity, the lowest temperatures were 19-20 degrees.

While the cold weather is proving a welcome relief for many and has even stimulated tourism, it is posing a health threat to people who lack adequate warm clothes.

In Chon Buri’s Sattahip district, for example, a 13-year-old boy blamed his mother’s death on the chill.

“It’s very cold at night,” the boy said tearfully. “We don’t have enough blankets.”

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