The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday issued a statement warning that temperatures in six provinces could dip to as low as 17 degrees Celsius starting today.
The statement was issued for those living in the provinces of Pailin, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri.
It said these provinces could face temperatures as low as 17 to 19 degrees Celsius, highs of 25 to 26 degrees Celsius.
It noted that in Phnom Penh, temperatures could be between 21 and 23 degrees Celsius.
“Everyone, especially soldiers stationed along the Dangrek Mountain, please pay attention to the cold weather,” it said.
Sean Doeun, a Ratanakiri resident, yesterday said cold weather occurs around this time of the year.
“As someone who lives in Ratanakkiri, this is normal,” Mr Doeun said. “But for newcomers and tourists, December, January and Early February this temperature could be difficult for them.”
He added that he likes the cold weather, but old people could also find it difficult.
Last week, the Health Ministry issued a statement warning residents across the Kingdom to take care of their health during low temperatures, especially the elderly and infants.
It noted that parents should have their children wear thicker clothing, including a scarf and a pair of gloves.
“If they begin displaying heavy breathing, fever, coughs, sore throat and muscle aches, please quickly see a doctor or go to a nearby hospital,” the statement said, adding that infants, children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to sickness during low temperatures.