Bangkok in for weekend of storms, maybe some floods

File photo of a guy who turned the 2011 superflood into a good time. Photo: Coconuts
File photo of a guy who turned the 2011 superflood into a good time. Photo: Coconuts

In case disease and unrest weren’t enough, forecasters say nature will provide some additional calamity this weekend.

Heavy thunderstorms this weekend could unleash flash flooding in parts of Bangkok and many provinces, especially those in the south, state meteorologists forecast today.

People across the country should brace for the impact of heavy persistent rain driven by low pressure moving in from the Bay of Bengal to strengthen the southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea.

In the coming week, meteorologists forecast lows of about 24C and highs of up to 37C for Bangkok.

The annual ritual of clearing drain pipes, gutters and canals in the capital to prepare for the inundation has been completed, city spokesperson Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said. Drainage systems in 14 flood-prone areas have also been tested to withstand flooding.

The capital’s extensive flood control measures routinely prove inadequate when it comes to keeping everyone dry.

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