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More heat and drought - our grim outlook for summer

Thailand: People in many areas of the country are already roasting under a heat wave of up to 38 degrees Celsius and arid conditions, with the coming summer expected to last to mid-May - and it could be even hotter and drier than last year.

Northern and northeastern provinces will swelter under temperatures of up to 42 degrees in April - including Uttaradit, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Ratchasima, Somchai Baimoung, the director of the Weather Forecast Bureau, said yesterday.

Smith Dharmasaroja, former chairman of the National Disaster Warning Centre, expressed concern that this summer could be even more of a scorcher than last year, and drier too.

Reports from December 18 to February 2 showed that drought had stricken 13 provinces.

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VIETNAM - Coming temperatures may reach 39C in south. The dry season has just begun in earnest with higher than usual temperatures. The coming months could see 38-39oC. In HCM City, top temperatures have reached 36.6oC over the last few days, these will be the HIGHEST TEMPERATURES IN 30 YEARS. In Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces temperatures have reached 37oC. Hot weather generally appears toward the end of February but has started early with RECORD TEMPERATURES. The hot spell has been affected by a low pressure moving from the west. The dry season will continue to get hotter, with higher temperatures appearing from mid-March until the end of May. La Nina, a phenomena which occurs between every two to seven years in the southern Pacific Ocean, has affected weather patterns and will cause unseasonal rains from the first half of March and early-April.
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