Thailand officially entered winter on Thursday as tourists have flocked to Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province where the temperature dropped to 11 degrees Celsius this morning, reported Thai News Agency (TNA).

Winter is the high season for domestic tourism in the northern region’s mountainous areas. The Kiew Mae Pan viewpoint on Doi Inthanon – the country’s highest peak, blanketed in the fog – was crowded with tourists.

The Meteorological Department forecast cooler temperatures this year with the coolest period expected at year-end.

A high-pressure trough from China moves southward, resulting in stronger winds and temperatures dropping by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius in several northern provinces, announced the meteorological department. It forecast abundant rain and heavy rain in the South and thunderstorms in some parts of Bangkok and the surrounding provinces.

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