Upper Thailand is bracing for another battering as Category 5 typhoon Molave makes landfall in Vietnam today.
While the storm is expected to weaken to a Category 3 tropical storm before it enters Thailand, it will bring heavy rainfall, especially in the Lower Northeast and South.
Provinces that will be affected by the storm on Wednesday are Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathan in the Northeast.
Provinces that will be affected on Thursday and Friday are Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
Meanwhile, the monsoon trough still lies across the middle South while strong southwest winds prevail across the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf. Isolated heavy rains are likely in the South, the department said, advising people in risky areas to beware of severe conditions that may cause flash floods and water runoff. It warned all small boats to stay ashore while ships should keep away from areas with thundershowers as waves over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf are 2-3 metres high and will be above 3 metres in thundershower areas.
The East will see mostly cloudy skies, strong winds with thundershowers in 60 percent of the area and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 23-25 degrees, highs of 30-32 degrees Celsius; waves a metre high and 1-2 metres during thundershowers.
Bangkok and surrounding areas will have mostly cloudy skies with thundershowers in 20 per cent of the area; temperature lows of 24-25 degrees, highs of 30-32 degrees Celsius.