Publication Date May 30, 2016

Half of Thailand's Weather Sites Break All-time Heat Records in 42 Days

A map illustrating the dates of the normal onset of the monsoon in India (red-dashed lines) and where the actual advance lines have been so far this season (green solid lines). Image: Indian Meteorological Department

All-time national heat records have been set this past April and May in India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and the Republic of Maldives. The unprecedented heat has killed hundreds in India and dozens in Thailand so far. But nothing in the record books can compare to what has recently occurred in Thailand: a large country with over 120 meteorological sites that has seen half of its official weather stations break their all-time heat records