A cold front is expected to sweep Cambodia this week with cold temperatures chilling the northern provinces and wind gusting through the rest of the country, according to the Water Resources Ministry.
Temperatures in Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Ratanakkiri and Mondolkiri provinces are projected to dip as low as 14 degrees Celsius on Monday while coastal areas can expect wind gusting at up to 8 meters per second and temperatures between 21 and 22 degrees, said Seth Vannareth, director of the ministry’s meteorology department.
The rest of Cambodia will experience 19-degree temperatures this week, she said.
“High pressure affects the whole country, but [it’s] the most coldest in the north,” Seth Vannareth said by telephone Sunday, adding that she predicts the cold weather will last through Thursday.
RCAF Lieutenant General Srey Dek, commander of the military operation at Preah Vihear temple, said the temperatures have been about 18 degrees during the day and as cold as 10 degrees at night.
“Today is better than the last few days, which [were] about 12 degrees, and now it’s about 15 degrees,” Srey Dek said Sunday, adding the troops stationed along the Thai border are “fine” because Hun Sen donated more than 20,000 jackets and 10,000 blankets to them in November.
Strong winds, however, have caused problems for fishermen along the coast, local officials said.
“About 70 percent of the fishermen in Stung Hav could not go to the deep sea due to big waves. Only the big boats…could go to fish normally,” said Touch Vanna, a fisheries official in Sihanoukville’s Stung Hav district.
Approximately 80 percent of the population in Stung Hav earns its living from fishing, he said, adding that fishermen with small boats stand to lose money because of the windy weather.