It may not look like it yet, but Thailand’s rainy season has started.
So says the Meteorological Department which announced Sunday tht the official rainy season begins May 18 with more rain than last year expected, good news for drought-depleted reservoirs.
Department Director-General Somsak Khaosuwan said an uneven distribution of rain will mark the early days of the season.
There will be more rain at the end of May but no rain from late June into July. After that, there will be heavy rain and some storms in August and September, during which people will be warned of flash floods.
In the North, Northeast, Central and East, the rainy season will end in mid-October while the rainy season in the South will end in mid-January.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department warned against the dangers of heavy rain and strong waves in the Andaman Sea through May 20, stating that the depression in the middle of the Bay of Bengal has become cyclone “Amber” and is likely to move into the upper Bay of Bengal.
Until then, there will be heavy rain in some areas of the western coast of the South which includes Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
There will also be strong wave action in the Andaman Sea. In waters of Krabi and neighboring provinces, the waves are expected to reach about two meters in height.
Further offshore however, waves are likely to be higher than two meters. Seafarers are asked to proceed with caution and avoid navigating in areas expecting thunderstorms. Small boats should stay in port at this time.