Bangkok's temperature hits 30-year low

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital has seen its coldest temperatures in three decades, as the normally balmy Southeast Asian country is experiencing one of its longest winter cold snaps in years.

Oparg Karankawinpong, deputy director of the Department of Disease Control, says as many as 63 people in 24 provinces have died from cold-related ailments since the cool season began in late October. He says hotter weather is expected in mid-February.

Thai media quoted Songkram Aksorn, deputy director general of the country's meteorological department, as saying that Bangkok's temperature fell Thursday morning to 15.6 degree Celsius (60.08 degrees Fahrenheit), the lowest in 30 years. He says that the current cold season lasting almost three months is the longest in a decade.

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