Frost reported in Chiang Mai as mercury dips
Orapa Chueyprasit
Rewriter : Suvicha Jirakittikul

CHIANG MAI, 16 January 2014 (NNT) - Widespread frost was spotted in Chiang Maiís Doi Inthanont peaks on Thursday as the temperature plummeted by up to 5 degree Celsius during the past few days.

It is the second day that frost has been reported as the mercury hovers around -1 degree to 3 degree near the peaks.

According to the Meteorological Department, a high pressure cell covering Thailandís upper parts has weakened, bringing the temperature up slightly by 1-2 degree. However, in mountainous areas in the North and Northeast, the average temperature is measured at 2-5 degree.

Over 3,000 tourists have not only flocked to the Chiang Maiís mountains to take in the cold air but also to view the Wild Himalayan Cherries or Thailandís cherry blossoms, which only bloom in January.