THAILAND - The temperature dropped to minus-1 degree Celsius in Loei's Phu Rua district yesterday, with frost spreading over the football field of a local school.
"The frost covered parts of Ban Dinsor School. It's clearly visible," said Tan Promwan, the village head of Ban Dinsor.
The mercury will likely drop further in Loei over the weekend, according to the latest weather forecast.
"A rather powerful high-pressure ridge from China will spread over the upper part of Thailand on December 21-22, and vecause of this, the temperature will plunge overall," the bureau said.
In Loei, the temperature across several districts ranged between minus-1 and plus-9 degrees.
In Phitsanulok, the temperature also dropped below the freezing point. Locals in Moo 10, tambon Noen Phoem in Nakhon Thai district, said they saw frost in the morning and a temperature check showed that the mercury had gone into the minus zone.
Many locals had to remove ice flakes from their vehicles, as they needed to drop their children off at school.
Some children said they reported to class late because their parents needed to remove a lot of frost.
Tourists were probably intrigued, however, as Thailand rarely enjoys such cold weather.
In Nakhon Phanom, about 100,000 people lacked warm clothes to fight the cold spell, according to a survey by local officials. To date, Nakhon Phanom Governor Adisak Thepeat has declared 10 of the province's 12 districts cold-spell-hit zones.
Each district office has a budget of Bt1 million to help affected people.
"We are handing out warm clothes," Adisak said. He emphasised that locals, especially the elderly, children and the disabled, must take extra care of their health this winter.
"If you light a fire to keep yourself warm, but please be careful about the risk of the fire spreading," Adisak warned.