TEMPERATURES are expected to reach 44 degrees centigrade over the Thingyan festival period in Mandalay, according to an official from Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (Upper Myanmar).
Temperatures reached a high of around 40 degrees centigrade on Tuesday and Mandalay’s temperatures are expected to soar to about 42 degrees centigrade over the next few days, said Director U Kyaw Lwin Oo of the department.
“Temperatures can reach 44 degrees centigrade in arid zones,” said the director, adding that incidences of heat stroke will persist as long as there are high temperatures.
Mandalay set a record high of 45 degrees centigrade in May, 2010, followed by 40.7 degrees centigrade in 2011, 42.5 degrees centigrade in 2012, 43.7 degrees centigrade in 2013 and 42 degrees centigrade in 2014 when 18 people suffered heat stroke and were hospitalised.
Daytime temperatures are expected to be higher due to this year’s El Nino impact, said Assistant Director U Than Zaw of the department.
Excessive heat will persist unless the rains come, he added.
Aung Thant Khaing