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Record heat wave claims 61 lives in Thailand so far

A record heatwave with apparent temperatures soaring above 52 degrees Celsius has claimed 61 lives in Thailand so far, the Health Ministry said in Bangkok on Friday.

This figure is more than double the number of heatstroke cases recorded in all of 2023. Most deaths occurred in the northeast, where agriculture is an important part of the economy.

A heatwave in recent weeks has kept night temperatures in Bangkok and many other parts of the country at around 30 degrees.

Apparent afternoon temperatures – a measure that includes air temperature, humidity, wind speed and air temperature – regularly exceeded 50 degrees.

Authorities have urged people to limit their time outdoors.

At the beginning of the week, rain fell over much of the country for the first time in months. The temperature initially dropped but has now risen well above 30 degrees.

Weather forecasters have attributed the temperatures to the El Niño phenomenon, but Asia is also warming faster than the global average, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines have also experienced unusually high temperatures.

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