A northeast monsoon is expected to bring cold temperatures dropping to 12-14 degrees Celsius from January 9 to 12.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday called on people to prepare and pay attention to the needs of the elderly and children to protect their health.
In particular, soldiers and police forces living in the Dangrek Mountains and the Northeast Plateau, where the temperatures can be dangerously low, should take care as well as fishermen and seafarers should watch for strong winds and high waves.
According to its announcement, the northeast monsoon will arrive today and strong winds will begin on January 9, making the temperatures drop even lower with the wind chill factor.
Kosum Bunsoeut, deputy governor of Preah Vihear province, said yesterday that the mountainous border area has the coldest weather in the province.
The government always considers the border troops, especially in the Dangrek Mountains, and provides them with winter coats every year.
“Recently, the leaders distributed winter coats to the forces in the province at the Provincial Armed Forces Command, with all receiving donations and winter coats,” he said.
Bunsoeut added that today officials will provide information to provincial residents and advise the health stations and health centres to prepare medicine and rescue people when they have health problems and inform them that the authorities are available to help when there are disasters.
Koh Kong province spokesman Sok Sothy said yesterday that the provincial administration always disseminates information to the people to know how to protect themselves and find a safe place.
“As a coastal province, the provincial administration has always been prepared for disasters even before there was a press release from the ministry,” he said.
“We ready the ships and speed boats 24 hours a day. Even when workers cross the border back to Cambodia, we are always ready to rescue them,” said Sothy, adding that the provincial administration also broadcasts the weather information on provincial radio and television stations.
The ministry added that the provinces in the Dangrek mountain range and Northeastern Plateau will have minimum temperatures of between 18-21 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures of between 30-33 degrees Celsius. Through January 9 to 12, the minimum temperature will be 12-14 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be 23-26 degrees Celsius with strong winds.
The coastal provinces will experience minimum temperatures of between 22-25 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures of between 29-32 degrees Celsius. Through January 9 to 12, the minimum temperature will be 18-21 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be 25-28 degrees Celsius with strong winds and high waves on January 12.
Provinces in the central lowlands will experience minimum temperatures of between 20-23 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures of between 31-34 degrees Celsius. Through January 9 to 12, the minimum temperature will be 15-17 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be 24-27 degrees Celsius.