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Scorching hot season sets new all-time highs

April was the hottest month in Cambodia on record, with meteorologists recording some of the highest ambient temperatures ever in the Kingdom.

According to data recorded by independent meteorologist Maximiliano Herrera, the new national all-time temperature record of 42.6 degrees was set in Preah Vihear on April 15.

The second-highest temperature of 42.2 degrees was measured in Oddar Meanchey on April 13.

The previous hottest maximum of 41.4 degrees was set in 1960 in Stung Treng.

Phnom Penh has also had its hottest month on record, hovering at an average of 41 degrees.

Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology Secretary of State Bun Hean confirmed the figures yesterday.

He said even communes around the Tonle Sap lake, where temperatures should be about 30 degrees, have had average maximums of 41 to 42 degrees this month.

According to Herrera, Laos also experienced all-time record heat, while Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore have come within 1 to 2 degrees of their all-time records this month.



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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Igor,

In the Northern Hemisphere it has been warming over the last 10 years. In the Southern Hemisphere it has been cooling over the last 10 years. These are short term trends. Cambodia lies in the Northern Hemisphere.

The warming trend that Cambodia feels will continue.

The last cooling trend, or "ice age," ended more than 10,000 years ago and was an active cooling trend for 100,000 years. By comparison, a normal warming trend can last 15-20,000 years.

So, relax. People should learn to enjoy the weather. It will change over the next 10,000 years.


hoganlogan's picture

Both the northern and southern hemispheres have been warming for over 100 years. The suggestion that the southern hemisphere is cooling is nonsense as is the suggestion that these are short term trends.

Don Rennie's picture

My comment was based on a 10-year short term trend and not a 100-year cycle. Learn to look at details and then post a photo above your name. Maybe, you will look cooler.


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