Record-breaking temperatures are currently sweeping Southeast Asia. A heat wave has gripped much of the continent in recent days.
In several Southeast Asian countries, new temperature records have been set in recent days. In Vietnam's Northern Province on Saturday, the highest-ever temperature of just over 44 degrees was measured. The previous national record was 43.4 degrees, set in 2019.
Of course, the very hot weather also affected the surrounding countries. Laos recorded 43.5 degrees in Luang Prabang, also a new record.
In Thailand, a local heat record of 44.6 degrees was set in the western province of Mak. In eastern Myanmar, a thermometer registered 43.8 degrees, the highest temperature for a decade.
45 degrees by April
The 45-degree mark was passed in mid-April in Thailand for the first time this year. On April 14, 2023, temperatures climbed to 45.4 degrees, almost one degree above the previous national record set in 2016.
After a still unseasonably warm Monday, the thermometer is set to drop by 5 to 10 degrees depending on the region, starting on Tuesday and over the next few days, with frequent and sometimes heavy thunderstorms.
Fig. 1; Source: MeteoNews
April and May are, on average, the hottest months of the year in South and Southeast Asia, as temperatures tend to rise before the monsoon rains. Once the wet monsoon arrives, abundant cloud cover and frequent rainfall lower temperatures from June onwards in Southeast Asia.