The Thai meteorological department has reported increased rains from the early morning to night which is caused by the La Nina weather system. Southern Thailand particularly will be affected by the rain, often causing flooding of towns, downpours of floods and landslides.
When to take precautions?
Experts tell it is better to take precautions around the rainy season from now until October. This period of time starts from January until October 2018 and will continue until at least the month of November.
Hence, it is advisable to pack a raincoat or scarf, as well as appropriate umbrella covering and even to pack some water for your home.
Recommended items for your home should include items such as lanterns, umbrellas, incense and loose papers and books. These items should not be taken out when coming into contact with water, as debris will be washed away in heavy rains and they could become damaged or destroyed.
To minimise damage, it is advisable to remove items such as stone art and construction material from the yard or structure.
Always clear any debris from gutters and downpours can only happen because of a strong downpour or monsoon.
When to leave your home?
It is best to leave your home, regardless of the weather conditions, when there is light downpour.
A loud rain sprinkle can be very irritating and unpleasant, so to avoid exposure to stress, it is best to leave your home when a faint downpour is carried with light swatches.
For example, if you have your window blinds in, it is better to leave them or move them to the far side of the room.
Generally, it is better to leave your home immediately after a light downpour.
Also, if you are a light sleeper or have problems sleeping, it is best to leave immediately to give your body time to recover from the downpour.
However, if you are normally outdoors, it is best to wait for the rain to dry off as it would be better to stay outside and re-apply the appropriate clothing to protect yourself.