Lon Mak

Fenway my son called from Sri Racha to complain about the heat.

“Ron mak papa.”

“How hot is it?”

“Ron mak, papa.” The three fans in the house were weary from constant use according to his mother and Wey-wey’s skin is breaking out in rashes.

“I know it’s hot.” I wanted him and his mother to be with me here, then my son could say ‘naoew’, for any temperature below 80 in cold in Thailand.

This morning I checked bangkokpost.com, which reported that the temperature at the old airporrt to the north of the city had reach 39.4C, the highest recorded on April 27 in 30 years. The sun’s zenith is directly overhead at noon. The temperature in Chiang Mai will hit the 40sC and like Fenway says, “Lon Mak.”

Of course Johnny Carson said it best, “It’s so hot that I saw two trees fighting over a dog.”

Lon Mak indeed.


Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall for a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

Infants and young children
People aged 65 or older
People who have a mental illness
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

ps The hottest temperature ever recorded in Thailand was 44.5C, in Uttaradit province on April 27, 1960.


More beer. More ice.

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