Northern Vietnam to experience high humidity, condensation

By Gia Chinh   March 10, 2024 | 09:01 pm PT
Northern Vietnam to experience high humidity, condensation
Aerial view of the Red River alluvial islet in northern Vietnam, March 6, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Phuong
Northern Vietnam will experience a period of high humidity starting Tuesday, potentially lasting until March 17.

Due to the effects of cold air, there have been drizzles in northern Vietnam over the past three days, with temperatures below 23 degrees Celsius.

As the cold air weakens and shifts its direction on Tuesday night, the region will experience high humidity levels, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Temperatures at night and in the early morning will stay below 23 degrees, and the drizzles and the fog will not allow dust and particles to be propagated, worsening pollution. High humidity levels may cause condensation on the walls and floors, potentially damaging electrical appliances, the center said.

U.S. weather forecast service AccuWeather anticipated Hanoi's temperatures to be at 18-20 degrees on Monday, going up to 23 degrees during the coming days, and 27-29 degrees by the weekends. High-altitude locations like Lao Cai's Sa Pa would record temperatures at 11-15 degrees in the beginning of the week, before rising to 16-25 degrees by the weekends, it said.

The national forecast center said central Vietnam will see different weather conditions along different terrains. To the north of the Hai Van Pass, from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue, the impacts of cold air will bring cloudy skies and light drizzles at night and in the early morning until Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, the cold air will weaken and sunny days return.

To the south of the Hai Van Pass, areas from Da Nang to Binh Thuan will see little rain this week, with temperatures at 30-33 degrees, it said.

Southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands are in the peak periods of the dry season, with sunny days and no rain. Southern Vietnam's highest temperatures this week will be around 33-36 degrees, with its eastern parts including Ho Chi Minh City being as hot as 36-37 degrees. Temperatures in the Central Highlands will be around 31-34 degrees.

In March, the average temperatures nationwide will be 0.5-1 degrees higher than in previous years. The cold air is expected to impact northern Vietnam for the first half of the month, while a low-pressure area in the west may expand at the end of the month, heating up certain regions in northwestern Vietnam and from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue, according to the national center.

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