‘Below Deck’: How Intense Was the Heat in Thailand?

When Bravo insisted Below Deck season seven would be the hottest yet, the network didn’t share that this was a literal observation. Although Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean superyachts travel to some of the steamiest destinations, Thailand may be the hottest place ever. Or on earth.

Chief stew Kate Chastain remarked how Tahiti was extremely hot during season six. But guests seemed comfortable lounging in swimsuits on deck. However, season seven is already proving to be hideously hot. The deck team can’t seem to maintain a dry uniform shirt while scrubbing down the yacht. They are seen making a number of outfit changes because they are sweating so profusely their clothing is completely soaked. When the crew was asked to change into their whites one member remarked, “I’m sweating so much!”

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While other destinations were hot and humid, Thailand can be dangerously hot. This means the crew has to be vigilant about hydration. Plus making sure no one gets so overheated another accident occurs.

The crew hit a hot season

Below Deck filmed season seven right around Thailand’s “hot” season. This is from March until May, according to Trip Savvy. That meant temps could hit 95 degrees F or higher with humidity just as high.

In some tropical climates, the evening brings cooler temps. But not in Thailand. “The weather doesn’t cool off much at night, although higher elevations in some areas make it more bearable than in the rest of the country,” according to Trip Savvy.

Bangkok is especially hot, regardless of when you visit. The coldest Bangkok ever got was about 50 degrees … in 1951. “During the hot season, visitors can expect highs to reach above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), with some sweltering days even hotter,” Trip Savvy reports.

Thailand had another extreme heatwave this year

Thailand continues to report extreme heatwaves with 2019 being no different. The Straits Times reported Thailand had a 50% chance of experiencing the second hottest years on record. Meteorological Department director-general Phuwieng Prakhammintara said that March and April would be unusually hot. Anticipated temperatures were 104 degrees F or higher.

Water shortages were also a concern. “While we expect temperature levels higher than usual in every part of the country this year, people should be cautious about water shortages too, as precipitation during this summer is also expected to be lower than average, so we should use water wisely during the summer months,” he remarked.

While Thailand experienced an extremely hot spring, heat isn’t anything new for the region. In April 1960 the region hit 112 F in the northern province of Uttaradit, The Chicago Tribune reports. During the 2016 heatwave, animals at the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok were at risk of overheating. “Monkeys and apes at the zoo are getting fruit popsicles,” said Saowaphang Sanannu, head of conservation and research told The Tribune.

“Tigers are getting meat popsicles. We’ll freeze pork legs and chunks of meat to feed them and cool them off at the same time,” Saowaphang said. “Deer, giraffe and elephants get increased shade and sprinklers to provide rain and decrease the heat on the ground.”