Bangkok’s Heatwave: Time to Take Precautions

Thailand has officially entered its hottest time of the year (March to June), with temperatures regularly exceeding 30°C and sometimes reaching 45°C.

According to the Thailand’s Meteorological Department, temperatures in Bangkok are projected to climb steadily each day, peaking at a sweltering 49 degrees Celsius by this coming Sunday.

The Thai authorities have advised people to avoid direct exposure to the sun and stay hydrated.

Dehydration, heatstroke, and heat exhaustion are not uncommon in such conditions. Here’s how to safeguard your well-being:

Seek Shade

When walking the city’s streets, look for shade to take a break from the sun’s direct rays. Even a few minutes in the shade can give your body a chance to cool down and recover.

Use Sunscreen

Choose a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays. Reapply as directed, usually every two hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating—both fairly common activities in a heatwave.

Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely

Sightseeing is a major draw in Bangkok, but a balance is needed during its hottest season. Museum hopping or indoor markets can offer more respite while still exploring Thai culture. If you do venture out, take breaks in air-conditioned spaces and pace your activities.

Cool Treats

Indulge in local cool treats such as coconut ice cream, iced desserts, and freshly squeezed fruit juices. They can provide much-needed hydration and nutrients.

Taking the necessary precautions, understanding the signs of heat-related ailments, and listening to local advice, can help make your trip as enjoyable and safe as possible.

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