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Bangkok braves coldest weather in 30 years

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:00 PM

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Temperatures in the Thai capital of Bangkok fall to its lowest in decades on Thursday, during an unusually cold winter that has already claimed 63 lives in northern parts of the country, the government said.

"Bangkok hit its coldest record in 30 years on Thursday morning when the temperature fell to 15.6 deg C," said Mr Songkram Aksorn, Deputy Director General of the Thai Meteorological Department.

This year's cool season has been the longest for a decade, lasting for almost three months, Mr Songkram said.

Temperatures in north and north-eastern Thailand have dipped to single digits, claiming up to 63 lives in 24 provinces, the Ministryo f Health said on Thursday.

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