BANGKOK (Reportase One) – Thai authorities on Saturday warned residents in most parts of the country, including Bangkok, not to leave their homes due to the extreme heat.
Parts of Asia are being hit by hot temperatures which have reached record highs in a number of countries this month.
In Bangladesh and parts of India, extreme heat has sent demand for electricity soaring, causing blackouts affecting millions of people.
The temperature in Bangkok on Saturday hit a record high of 54 degrees Celsius in Bangna District, according to the meteorological department.
Authorities warned residents to avoid outdoor activities and be aware of the dangers heatstroke–a serious condition that occurs when the body experiences an elevated temperature above normal.
“I sometimes take refuge in the supermarket… to escape the heat,” said Amporn Supasert (67), a grilled chicken seller in Bangkok.
Thailand’s disaster prevention and mitigation department said that temperatures will exceed 40 degrees Celsius in at least 28 provinces on Saturday.
Recent extreme heat has broken electricity consumption records in Thailand, where 39,000 megawatts were used on April 6 across the country. The record surpassed the previous record, which was 32,000 megawatts, set in April last year, said government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri.
“What is happening right now is caused by climate change, resulting in (weather) and abnormal phenomena called extreme weather,” said Mathinee Yucharoen, researcher of oceanography and climate change at Prince of Songkhla University.
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