Thunderstorms covering Pattaya and Bangkok with increased rainfall across Thailand

Thunderstorms covering Pattaya and Bangkok with increased rainfall across Thailand

The Meteorological Department reveals that there will be heavy rain in some areas of the Northeast, Central, Eastern, and Western Southern regions.

The Meteorological Department reveals that there will be heavy rain in some areas of the Northeast, Central, Eastern, and Western Southern regions. Residents in these areas should be cautious of heavy to very heavy rainfall. In Bangkok and its vicinity, there will be thunderstorms covering 70% of the area, with heavy rain in some places.



The Meteorological Department forecasts weather for the next 24 hours. The southwest monsoon covering the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand is strengthening. Additionally, a low-pressure area covers the upper part of Vietnam and the central South China Sea. This condition will result in increased rainfall across Thailand, with heavy rain in some places in the Northeast and Central regions, including Bangkok and its vicinity. There will be very heavy rain in some areas of the East and Western Southern regions. Residents in these areas should be cautious of heavy to very heavy rainfall and accumulated rain, which may cause flash floods and forest runoffs, especially in foothill areas near waterways and low-lying areas.



The sea waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are getting stronger. The upper Andaman Sea will have waves about 2 meters high, and in thunderstorm areas, waves will be higher than 2 meters. The lower Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will have waves 1-2 meters high, and in thunderstorm areas, waves will be higher than 2 meters. Mariners in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand should proceed with caution and avoid sailing in thunderstorm areas.

Bangkok and its vicinity will have thunderstorms covering 70% of the area, with heavy rain in some places. The minimum temperature will be 26-28 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature will be 34-37 degrees Celsius.



7 Day Weather Forecast in Chonburi.




The lower Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will have waves 1-2 meters high, and in thunderstorm areas, waves will be higher than 2 meters.
















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Thailand-Lithuania to expand cooperation in innovation, digital economy, cyber security, and life sciences

Thailand-Lithuania to expand cooperation in innovation, digital economy, cyber security, and life sciences

Both sides discussed trade and investment opportunities, as well as advancing bilateral cooperation towards concrete outcomes, particularly in innovation, digital economy, cyber security, and life sciences.

H.E. Mr. Russ Jalichandra, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Egidijus Meilūnas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, co-chaired the 4th Thailand-Lithuania Political Consultations held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchange views on regional and international issues.

Both sides discussed trade and investment opportunities, as well as advancing bilateral cooperation towards concrete outcomes, particularly in innovation, digital economy, cyber security, and life sciences. The Thai side also sought Lithuania’s support for Thailand-EU FTA negotiations, Thailand’s OECD application, and Schengen visa exemption for Thai ordinary passport holders. (MFA)








 
















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Thailand-Lithuania sign visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and official passports

Thailand-Lithuania sign visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and official passports

Thailand-Lithuania sign visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and official passports, paving way for closer ties in future.

H.E. Mr. Maris Sangiampongsa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Egidijus Meilūnas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, signed the “Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports” at the Buakeaw Room, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the 4th Thai-Lithuania Political Consultations.

The Agreement will exempt holders of valid diplomatic and official/service passports from visa requirement for visits not exceeding a total period of 90 days. (MFA)







 
















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Thailand and the Philippines advance multilateral cooperation

Thailand and the Philippines advance multilateral cooperation

Both sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between Thailand and the Philippines in various areas, including disaster risk reduction and enhanced collaboration among Middle-income countries.

Mr. Paisan Rupanichkij, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, greeted H.E. Mrs. Millicent Cruz-Paredes, Ambassador of the Philippines to Thailand, upon her courtesy call. They welcomed the 75th Anniversary of Thailand-the Philippines ties this year and looked forward to co-organizing commemorative events.

On this occasion, both sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between Thailand and the Philippines in various areas, including disaster risk reduction and enhanced collaboration among Middle-income countries. They also expressed support for each other’s candidatures in international organizations, including the candidature of Thailand to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2025-2027. (MFA)



















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Thai-Luxembourg relations in dynamic momentum and continued progress

Thai-Luxembourg relations in dynamic momentum and continued progress

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the dynamic momentum and continued progress of Thai-Luxembourg relations, noting that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, met with H.E. Mr. Patrick Hemmer, Ambassador of Luxembourg to Thailand, who paid a courtesy call on the former on the occasion of her assumption of duty.

Both sides discussed ways to promote the dynamic cooperation between Thailand and Luxembourg, particularly in the areas of financial technology, logistics, computer technology and research, development cooperation in the Lao PDR, the establishment of the Political Consultations mechanism, and preparations for the visit to Thailand of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Luxembourg, with a business delegation, in October 2024.



Both sides also expressed satisfaction with the dynamic momentum and continued progress of Thai-Luxembourg relations, noting that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Furthermore, the Ambassador of Luxembourg to Thailand congratulated the Thai side on the Council of the OECD’s decision to open accession discussions with Thailand. (MFA)






















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Heavy rainfall expected in eastern regions and Bangkok; maximum temps 34-37 degrees Celsius

Heavy rainfall expected in eastern regions and Bangkok; maximum temps 34-37 degrees Celsius

waves are expected to reach heights of 1-2 meters, and more than 2 meters in areas with thunderstorms.

The Meteorological Department reveals that Bangkok and its metropolitan areas will have thunderstorms covering 40% of the area, with heavy rainfall expected in some parts of the eastern and western southern regions. Residents in these areas are advised to be cautious of accumulated rainfall.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours indicates that the southwest monsoon is covering the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand. Additionally, a low-pressure area is covering the upper coast of Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin. These conditions will result in thunderstorms occurring in some parts of Thailand, with heavy rainfall expected in the eastern and western southern regions. Residents in these areas should be cautious of heavy and accumulated rainfall.



In the upper Andaman Sea, waves are expected to reach heights of 1-2 meters, and more than 2 meters in areas with thunderstorms. Mariners in these areas should proceed with caution and avoid sailing in areas with thunderstorms.

Bangkok and its metropolitan areas will experience thunderstorms covering 40% of the area, with minimum temperatures ranging from 26-28 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures ranging from 34-37 degrees Celsius.


7 Day Weather Forecast in Chonburi.
















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House backs referendum reform bills with 450 votes

House backs referendum reform bills with 450 votes

The proposed changes, which received overwhelming support with 450 votes in favor and one abstention, seek to facilitate constitutional amendments by simplifying the voting requirements.

The House of Representatives has initiated steps to reform the nation’s referendum process by accepting four bills to amend the Referendum Act. The proposed changes, which received overwhelming support with 450 votes in favor and one abstention, seek to facilitate constitutional amendments by simplifying the voting requirements.

The existing legislation mandates a “double majority” for a referendum to be valid, requiring over 50% of eligible voters to participate, with most of those voting in favor. Critics argue this stipulation poses major obstacles to passing crucial legislative reforms, especially constitutional amendments.



Introduced by the cabinet, the ruling Pheu Thai Party, the Move Forward Party (MFP), and the Bhumjaithai Party, the bills propose replacing the double majority requirement with a simpler majority vote. This adjustment eliminates the participation threshold that often leads to invalidating referendums due to low turnout.




The amendments also encourage more active campaigning around referendum topics, allowing both proponents and opponents to freely express their views. The initiative, championed by the ruling party, is intended to allow informed decision-making among voters.

A 31-member panel has been appointed to review the proposed changes. According to representatives from both Pheu Thai and MFP, these bills are crucial for creating a more adaptable and democratic process for amending the constitution, better reflecting public opinion without the current legal constraints. (NNT)
















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Thailand rises to 25th in global competitiveness; second in ASEAN

Thailand rises to 25th in global competitiveness; second in ASEAN

The advancement places Thailand as the second most competitive country in ASEAN, just ahead of Malaysia.

The IMD World Competitiveness Center’s 2024 ranking has elevated Thailand to 25th out of 67 economies, a rise from 30th place last year. The advancement places Thailand as the second most competitive country in ASEAN, just ahead of Malaysia.

The improvement in competitiveness is primarily due to a major boost in Thailand’s economic performance, which has climbed from 16th to 5th place. The enhancement is largely attributed to stronger international trade performance and a more favorable current account balance than the previous year.



Despite the rise in rankings, Thailand’s overall score declined slightly from 74.5 to 72.5, mirroring a general trend of score decreases among the economies assessed.

Solid gains were made in international trade, where Thailand jumped from 29th to 6th. The domestic economy also saw improvement, rising from 44th to 39th place. Government efficiency rankings remained stable, with public finance improving by three spots to 22nd.




Business efficiency in Thailand also improved, climbing three positions to 20th, driven by enhancements in management practices, which advanced seven places to 15th. Attitudes and values experienced a slight increase, rising to 18th.

Thailand experienced a decline in its ranking for business legislation, falling eight places to 39th. The institutional framework category also declined, dropping five places to 39th. Infrastructure metrics remained largely unchanged, with slight declines in basic and scientific infrastructure and a small drop in the health and environment category. (NNT)
















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FTI guides auto parts makers to medical devices sector

FTI guides auto parts makers to medical devices sector

FTI Vice Chairman Isares Rattanadilok Na Phuket pointed out the increasing obsolescence of components designed for internal combustion engines in the EV-dominated market.

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is prompting local auto parts manufacturers to navigate the technological shifts brought by the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) by transitioning into the medical devices sector. FTI Vice Chairman Isares Rattanadilok Na Phuket pointed out the increasing obsolescence of components designed for internal combustion engines in the EV-dominated market.



To aid Thailand’s automotive industry in adapting to these changes, the FTI established the Mobility-ONE cluster, CFM-ONE, last year to steer efforts towards medical equipment manufacturing. The shift emphasizes producing disposable items, such as diagnostic test kits, and durable goods, including wheelchairs and hospital beds.

According to Krungsri Research, this transition is considered a potent economic stimulant, with the medical device sector expected to grow annually by 5.5-7.0% domestically and 6.5-7.5% internationally between 2023 and 2025. Growth drivers include an aging demographic, rising chronic disease prevalence, increased interest in preventive healthcare following the pandemic, and the booming medical tourism industry—one of the government’s targeted S-curve industries.




The FTI is engaging with the government to open new avenues in the medical field and facilitate auto parts manufacturers’ business adjustment to meet new market demands. The CFM-ONE cluster also plans to collaborate with global car manufacturers to help local suppliers pivot their production capabilities to align with EV requirements. (NNT)
















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Bangkok, eastern and southern regions to experience thunderstorms in some areas

Bangkok, eastern and southern regions to experience thunderstorms in some areas

The Meteorological Department reveals that Thailand will experience thunderstorms in some areas, with heavy rain in certain places in the eastern and southern regions (eastern coast). Bangkok and its vicinity will have thunderstorms in 60% of the area.

The Meteorological Department reveals that Thailand will experience thunderstorms in some areas, with heavy rain in certain places in the eastern and southern regions (eastern coast). Bangkok and its vicinity will have thunderstorms in 60% of the area.

The Meteorological Department’s weather forecast for the next 24 hours indicates that the southwesterly monsoon is covering the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand, along with a low-pressure area covering the coast of northern Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin. This condition will cause thunderstorms in some areas of Thailand, with heavy rain in certain places in the eastern and southern regions (eastern coast). The public is advised to be cautious of the dangers of thunderstorms.



For the upper Andaman Sea, waves are 1-2 meters high, and in areas with thunderstorms, waves will be more than 2 meters high. Mariners in the area are advised to navigate carefully and avoid sailing in areas with thunderstorms.

Bangkok and its vicinity will have thunderstorms in 60% of the area. The minimum temperature will be 27-28 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature will be 35-38 degrees Celsius.



7 Day Weather Forecast in Chonburi.
















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