Thursday, January 22, 2009

Unusual cold season appearing in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a statement about the continuing cold weather, predicted to last until on January19, 2009, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 21 degrees in Cambodia.

Seth Vannareth, Director of the Meteorology Department at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, said that because of a persistent high pressure zone and wind blowing from Siberia, the cold weather will continue for days to come.

“The reason for the unusual cold in recent days is the persistent high pressure zone and wind blowing from Siberia,” she said. “These are not unusual temperatures when compared to the previous year; however, the cold season will last a little longer. Cambodians must take care of their health given this weather forecast,” she added.

The Director said that according to Ministry weather predictions, the cold will continue throughout the country. Her Department notes that four zones in the country’s mountainous areas will experience temperatures between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius. The temperature will read between 12 and 15 degrees in Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Oddar Meanchey, Pursat, Battambang and Pailin.

But in Phnom Penh and surrounding provinces such as Kandal, Takeo, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Kampong Cham and Kratie, the temperature is expected to range between 15 and 18 degrees. Finally, along the coastline, areas of Koh Kong, Kampot and Sihanoukville will be less affected by the cold snap, with temperatures ranging between 19 and 21 degrees.
Bun Sophy, 54, a motor taxi driver in Phnom Penh, said that he and his children were very cold during the past few days.

“I noted that it was very cold for the past few days. I do not know the cause of this unusual weather pattern that has settled over Cambodia,” he said. “I think that if the cold continues over January I will not be able to continue with my business,” he added.

Taing Pheng, 56, a farmer living in Preah Vihear Province, said that now it is unusually cold. He has been forced to buy coats for himself and his family and they wear them night and day.

Kim Ly, a coat seller in Phnom Penh, said that recently, due to the unusual cold, she was able to sell out about 170 second-hand coats per day. She said before the onset of the cold spell, she was selling from 50-100 coats per day.

“I am happy that I can sell so many coats and earn more money. The cold spell can last a couple of months more as far as I am concerned.///

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