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Forget Autumn, Winter in Thailand Starts Tuesday

No, it will never snow in Bangkok, unless its the artificial kind at the Snow Town amusement park.
No, it will never snow in Bangkok, unless its the artificial kind at the Snow Town amusement park.

The calendar says autumn, but Thailand will start calling it winter on Nov. 2.

Winter, as defined in the northern hemisphere, begins Dec. 22. But the Thai Meteorological Department must believe Thailand is a world unto itself as it redefines the seasons.

It shouldn’t really be surprising, as the TMD doesn’t actually observe spring or fall. It’s just summer or winter for Thai weather soothsayers, the rest of the northern half of the earth be damned.

The TMD said the rainy season is ending, so it must be winter. It expects the “early-winter” climate to be similar to last year. That means still humid and a bit wet, and still warm to hot with temperatures in the low 30s Celsius.

Some winter, eh?

Some weather events are expected in the upper region of the country, as the country transitions from the rainy season. Some rainfall is expected in the upper region, while the southern region will continue to face heavy downpours.

In lower northern and upper central regions, the volume of water flowing into rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs is showing a decreasing trend, the TMD said.

To speed up the mitigation of flooding in provinces downstream of the Chao Phraya River, the Office of National Water Resources will be holding an urgent meeting with related agencies to revise water discharge plans from dams, including Pa Sak Jolasid, Tub Sela, Khwae Noi, and Chao Phraya.