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Bangkok Temperature Hits 30-Year Low

At least 63 people have died from cold-related ailments
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
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BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's capital has seen its coldest temperatures in three decades, as the normally balmy Southeast Asian country is experiencing one of its longest winter cold snaps in years.

Oparg Karankawinpong, deputy director of the Department of Disease Control, said Thursday that as many as 63 people in 24 provinces have died from cold-related ailments since the cool season began in late October, with the north and northeast being the country's chilliest areas. He said hotter weather was expected to begin in mid-February.

Thai media quoted Songkram Aksorn, deputy director general of the country's meteorological department, as saying that Bangkok's temperature fell Thursday morning to 15.6 degree Celsius (60.08 degrees Fahrenheit), the lowest in 30 years. He added that the current cold season lasting almost three months was the longest in a decade.

It is not unusual for people living in northern Thailand to haul out coats and scarves to wear around the turn of the year, and tourists and locals alike wonder at frost found in mountainous areas. But in poorer communities it is necessary for blankets to be distributed by authorities. The cold weather also is a concern because it lowers people's resistance to diseases, raising the risk of infections such as bird flu.

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texvoodoo2

So much for global warming. Maybe Al Gore can go there and convince them that they're burning up, and that they need to pay him some money for 'carbon credits'.

January 24 2014 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

60? Well shiver 'me timbers! That may be cold to them, but we are lucky to even hit 60 at all for at least 4 months a year. If it got below zero there like it does here, they would have a million people freeze to death.

January 24 2014 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blivethopper

How's that global warming thing going?

January 24 2014 at 1:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
whdlsn

I would be thrilled to get a high temperature reading here this month of 60 degrees!

January 24 2014 at 12:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mehicks55

Thats Impossible! Because Algore said so!! Hey Al! It's time for another seminar on Global Warming!! LOL!!

January 23 2014 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. Cal Harris

Great postings; I got some good chuckles. Mankind is so arrogant in their belief that all of our accomplishments, light scarring of the Earth's surface and opinions matter one iota. The climate will change and the Earth will reshape regardless of what we do or don't due.
Had we pesky upright humanoids had never walked the Earth, it would be going through the same cycle. Plan for the change, celebrate it. What is inconvenient is our self-serving attitudes about "owning" our little plot of Earth. In the past animals sensed the change and either migrated with the change of became extinct. It is hard for humans to migrate because we follow doctrine that encourages our selfishness and over population. I am 70 and hope to see some of the dramatic change. The snake oil salesmen will make their profits from scaring people and creating uncertainty but the climate train has left the station and is right on schedule.

January 23 2014 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
wilsonkoi

Whether you believe in GW or not, the actual results over the last 25 years have been no rise in ocean levels, and, except for some still suspect reporting from Russia, etc., no provable increase in temperatures.

January 23 2014 at 6:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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jimdavis11a

You haven't been paying attention!

January 23 2014 at 10:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
crazy ray

Hey, when is this nasty global warming gonna stop?

January 23 2014 at 3:39 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
VINCENT

60.8 F! I wish! Windows would be open , and I would be washing the car.

January 23 2014 at 2:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
wongtpa

What if Bangkok frooze? Mass panic!

January 23 2014 at 2:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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