Have your rain poncho ready by Tuesday in Thailand!

Get your 20 Baht 7-11 rain poncho ready for the next 2 days! Thailand expects heavy rain showers through Tuesday that will cover most of the country. This news comes after monsoon valleys have already spread across Phuket and the Andaman coast. Now, winds and precipitation are expected to increase in the country’s northern, northeastern, central and eastern regions, as well as the Bangkok region.

Thailand’s Meteorological Department says the wet weather is due to a high-pressure cold front from China, enhanced by the southwest monsoon blanketing the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. It warns of possible flash floods in vulnerable areas. The department has warned farmers their crops could be damaged by flooding and is advising people not to get under large trees. It also states that people should avoid open fields because of thunderstorms and lightning.

The effects of storms are already being felt in Phuket and the Andaman coast. Last week, a storm of heavy rain and wind caused several large trees to fall and ransacked three homes in Patong on Phuket’s west coast. However, no injuries were reported. A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal has also brought additional moisture to southern Thailand in recent weeks.

Phuket’s wettest months are September and October. When it rains it pours. The strong south-westerly winds usually make the west-facing beaches unswimable for the duration of the monsoon – many tourists drown off these shores each year, so heed the red flags and lifeguard warnings.

Watch the video below to learn more about Thailand’s rainy season…

SOURCE: Thai PBS world

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