Heat to subside in northern Vietnam

By Gia Chinh   July 14, 2023 | 01:59 am PT
Heat to subside in northern Vietnam
Few people are seen on the street at Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake area on a sunny day, July 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
The heat wave in northern Vietnam regions will recede starting Saturday due to widespread rain, with some areas seeing rainfall of up to 100 mm over 24 hours.

The north has been seeing one of the longest heat wave since the beginning of this year, due to the effects of a low-pressure area from the west and the Foehn wind effects. Record-breaking temperatures have been observed within the first 10 days of this month, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Moc Chau of Son La Province, which typically enjoys temperate climate year-round, recorded temperatures at 33.5 degrees Celsius on July 8, which broke the previous record in 1983 by 0.7 degrees.

In Huong Son of Ha Tinh Province, the temperatures reached 40.8 degrees on July 7, 0.6 degrees higher than the previous record in 2015. Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces in the Central Highlands also recorded temperatures 0.1-0.3 degrees higher than previous records.

From Friday evening to Saturday morning, mountainous regions in the north should see rain levels up to 150 mm, while the plains would see rain levels of up to 100 mm, the center said.

U.S. weather forecast service AccuWeather said Hanoi’s temperatures would be around 27-35 degrees during the weekends, before rising to 38 degrees on Monday next week, and gradually falling to 32-33 degrees on the days after. High-altitude areas like Lao Cai’s Sa Pa would see temperatures at 16-27 degrees in the coming days.

Central Vietnam regions are currently going through a heat wave, with areas from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue seeing average temperatures 1-1.5 degrees higher than the same period last year. But starting Saturday, rain will come and the heat subside, according to the national forecast center.

Meteorologists said the heat may return to northern and central Vietnam regions in late July and early August.

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