Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heat wave in the last 65 years as average April temperatures climbed over 40 °C (104 °F). So far, 21 people died of heat-related conditions. Residents are strongly advised to remain indoors as much as possible and drink more water to cope with the conditions.
The highest temperature of 41 °C (105.8 °F) in Thailand on April 28, 2016, was measured in Mae Hong Son. At the same time, Bangkok measured 37 °C (98.6 °F), according to the Thai Meteorological Department.
Reported average April temperatures were above 40 °C (104 °F) and had, in some areas, even exceeded 44.3 °C (111.7 °F), according to media reports.
Because of the heat wave, the electricity consumption has increased to an all-time high, as the residents attempt to use the air-conditioning to battle the hot conditions, said the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). It reached its peak for the sixth time during this season and reached 29 403 MW.
The public has been warned about the possible health issues arising from the hot conditions.
“The mercury in some areas in Thailand may rise above 40 °C (104 °F), and if people’s bodies cannot release heat continuously, they could fall ill and die from heatstroke,” warned Dr. Amnuay Kajina, the director of the Department of Communicable Disease Control.
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He advised the people to wear light-colored clothes, remain indoors, and avoid outdoor physical activities that may induce a heatstroke. Dr. Kajina also warned about the symptoms of heatstroke which include headaches, blackouts, convulsions, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat and shock. If not treated the heatstroke could lead to a fatal outcome. People working outdoors, small children and people with blood pressure problems are especially at risk.
The Thai Meteorological Department announced the average temperatures have surpassed alert levels, and the heat wave conditions are set to continue.
During the 2015 heat wave, 56 people died of heat-related consequences.
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