Health authorities in Thailand have issued a warning regarding the heatwave sweeping the country this week leading to maximum temperatures as high as 50 degrees.
The Meteorological Department in Thailand reported that the maximum temperature in the district of Bang Na in Bangkok could reach a record high of 50 degrees on Thursday. The northern, northeastern, central, and southern provinces of the country are also predicted to experience temperatures between 41 and 47 degrees this week.
Dr. Opas Kaenkiwinpong, Permanent Secretary for Public Health, has issued a statement, urging people to take precautions during the intense heat. He said that children, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the health risks associated with the heatwave.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heatstroke, which is the most alarming symptom of a heatwave, he added. Dr. Opas also advised outdoor workers to stay hydrated and avoid drinking tea, coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
Thailand is not alone in experiencing scorching temperatures this week. Southern and Central regions of Laos are also expected to endure extreme heat due to a hot weather low pressure covering the entire country.