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Typhoon 'Vamco' making landfall in Vietnam today; rain in North, Northeast pose threat to crops 


The Category 5 typhoon “Vamco” over the upper coast of Vietnam was centred about 180 kilometres southeast of Dong Hoi, Vietnam at 4am on Sunday, the Thailand Meteorological Department said. 

At latitude 17.0 degrees north, longitude 108.3 degrees east with maximum sustained winds of about 130 kilometres per hour (kph), "Vamco" is moving west-northwest at about 15kph. It is expected to make landfall over Vietnam by Sunday and then downgrade, the department said. 

Isolated light to moderate rain is likely over the Northeast and the North on Sunday and Monday. Farmers should beware of damage to crop, the department said.

Meanwhile a high pressure system covers upper Thailand, bringing cool to cold weather with strong winds over upper Thailand. The weather on mountaintops is likely to be cold. People have been urged to take care of their health due to the variable weather. 

The northeast monsoon prevailing over the Gulf and the South is weakening. Less rain is likely in the South with isolated heavy rain, the department said. Wind waves about two metres high are likely in the Gulf and more than two metres high in thundershowers. All ships in the Gulf should proceed with caution, the department said. 

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours:

Bangkok: Cool with strong winds; minimum temperature 21-22 degrees Celsius, maximum 32-33°C; northeasterly winds 10-30kph.

North: Cool to cold with strong winds; minimum temperature 15-22°C, maximum 32-34°C; cold on mountaintops with minimum temperature 8-14°C; northeasterly winds 10-30kph.

Northeast: Cool to cold with strong winds and isolated rain mostly in Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani provinces; minimum temperature 15-18°C, maximum 30-32°C; cold on the mountaintop with minimum temperature 9-15°C; northeasterly winds 15-30kph.

Central: Cool with strong winds; minimum temperature 18-20°C, maximum 31-33°C; northeasterly winds 10-30kph.

East: Cool with strong winds; minimum temperature 19-22°C, maximum 31-33°C; northeasterly winds 15-35kph; waves 1-2 metres high and about two metres offshore.

South (east coast): Cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Pattani provinces; minimum temperature 21-25°C, maximum 30-32°C; northeasterly winds 20-35kph; waves about two metres high and above three metres during thundershowers.

South (west coast): Cloudy with isolated thundershowers mostly in Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces; minimum temperature 23-26°C, naximum 30-34°C; northeasterly winds 15-35kph; waves 1-2 metres high and about two metres during thundershowers.

Seven-day forecast:

During November 15-20, the high pressure will weaken and cause an increase in temperature by 3-5°C. Mornings will be cool and fog is likely over the areas. The northeast monsoon prevailing over the Gulf and the South will weaken. Less rain and isolated heavy rain is likely in the South with wind waves forecast to weaken in the Gulf of Thailand. The category 5 , Typhoon “Vamco” over the middle South China Sea is expected to make landfall over upper Vietnam on Sunday and downgrade to tropical depression and low pressure. Isolated rain is likely in the Northeast and the North.

On Sunday and Monday, farmers in the Northeast and the North should beware of damage to crop in this period.

Published : November 15, 2020

By : The Nation