Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the Thai Meteorological Department made an announcement on the beginning of summer in Thailand for the year 2021. As winter ends, Thailand has officially entered summer in February 27, 2021. During the daytime, most of the upper part of Thailand will be hot with the highest temperature of 35°C or above. The Thai Meteorological Department issued a weather warning on summer storm in upper Thailand during March 1 – 4, 2021 which will come in the form of thunderstorms accompanying with gusty winds and hail in some areas. Bangkok will be affected by the summer storm during March 2 – 4, 2021.

In this regard, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has directed all involved organizations to handle this situation. The BMA Health Department will provide knowledge and advice to the general public on how to stay healthy in summer especially in risk groups, namely small children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions as well as outdoor workers exposed to high temperatures and the sun for long periods. This aims to reduce the risk of getting heat-related illness and to provide the public with knowledge on basic symptom observation and first aid procedures.

Drainage and Sewerage Department has checked the preparedness of its drainage system to cope with the rain situation from the influence of the summer storm that may affect many areas in Bangkok. The Department also monitors rain situation and alerts people to the situation via various channels, prepares drainage system, provides officers on duty to inspect and solve problems in flooded areas during heavy rain, coordinates with other related organizations to prepare for, prevent, and solve flood problem, etc.

Public Works Department and Environment Department are assigned to inspect the durability and strength of advertisement boards and large trees in Bangkok Metropolitan area. All 50 district offices of Bangkok will be coordinated to get their officers, BEST Teams (Bangkok metropolitan Emergency Service Team), and equipment ready to rapidly solve urgent problem with 24-hour emergency service. This will prevent any harms and accidents that may occur and cause the loss of life and properties during the thundershowers and gusty winds from the summer storm.

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