By The Nation
Centred at latitude 14.5 degrees north, longitude 111.2 degrees east, with sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour (kph), the storm is moving west at a speed of about 20kph. The storm is expected to move ashore into Vietnam and make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday/Monday.
A monsoon trough lies across the lower Central, the upper South and the East of Thailand, the department said. The strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. Continuous rains are likely across the country. Isolated heavy rains with strong winds are possible in the East and the Central, including Bangkok and its vicinity, and the South.
People in risky areas of the Northeast, the East, the Central and the South should beware of severe conditions, the department said.
Strong winds are forecast with waves in the Andaman Sea likely to rise 2-3 metres and more than three metres high in thundershowers. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats have been advised to keep off thundershowers.
The weather forecast for the next 24 hours:
Bangkok and its vicinity: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains; minimum temperature 23-24 degrees Celsius, maximum 28-30°C; easterly winds 10-25kph.
North: Cloudy with isolated thundershowers mostly in Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phithsanulok, Pichit and Phetchabun provinces; minimum temperature 20-24°C, maximum 29-32°C; northeasterly winds 10-25kph.
Northeast: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers in Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani provinces; minimum temperature 22-24°C, maximum temperature 27-30°C; northeasterly winds 10-30kph
Central: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram provinces; minimum temperature 22-24°C, maximum 26-29°C; southwesterly winds 10-25kph.
East: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces; minimum temperature 24-25°C, maximum 29-31°C; southwesterly winds 20-45kph; waves 2-4 metres high and above four metres in thundershowers.
South (east coast):Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy to very heavy rains in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces; minimum temperature 23-25°C, maximum 27-34°C. Surat Thani northward: Southwesterly winds 20-35kph; waves about two metres high and above two metres in thundershowers. Nakhon Si Thammarat southward: Southwesterly winds 15-35kph; waves 1-2 metres high and above two metres in thundershowers.
South (west coast): Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces; minimum temperature 22-24°C, maximum 29-32°C; southwesterly winds 20-40kph; waves 2-3 metres high and above three metres in thundershowers.
Forecast for the next seven days:
The monsoon trough lies across the lower Central, the upper South, and the East throughout the period while the moderate southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand. Thundershowers and isolated heavy rains are expected in the lower Northeast, the lower Central, the East, and the South.
Meanwhile, the high pressure area from China will extend to the North and the upper Northeast. From Oct 10-14, the low cell over the middle South China Sea will intensify and approach ashore of Vietnam before entering the Gulf of Tonkin, China.
People in high-risk areas of Thailand should beware of the severe conditions. All ships in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand should proceed with caution and keep off thundershower