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The announcement made by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) is a grim warning of record-high temperatures. The entire nation is bracing for scorching hot weather this month, with forecasters saying temperatures look set to reach 44.5 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. For example, the mercury level in the Thoen district of the northern Lampang province reached 42C on Monday and yesterday, the hottest temperatures for this year’s summer so far. Meanwhile, the TMD reported the temperature of Muang district was not far behind at 41.8C.

What is more worrying is that the rise in temperature is likely to be a new normal, not a cyclical climate issue. This week, leading climate expert Assoc Prof Seree Supratid — director of the Center for Climate Change and Disasters at Rangsit University — publicly warned that Thailand could see temperatures hit 50C in the next 60 years.

Such an unprecedented quick rise of mercury level is a display of clima...

Source: BangkokPost

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