Temperatures to rise in the north, southern heat waves continue

By Gia Chinh   February 18, 2024 | 08:30 pm PT
Temperatures to rise in the north, southern heat waves continue
People take photos on the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter during the Tet holiday in February 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
The north is set for warm weather this week, with temperatures rising to 32 degrees Celsius, while the south continues to sizzle in heatwaves.

From Monday to Thursday the north will be warm as a low-pressure area in the west moves eastward, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Temperatures will peak on Wednesday and Thursday, with localized heat waves likely in the western region and driving up temperatures to at least 35 degrees.

U.S. forecaster AccuWeather said temperatures in Hanoi would be around 30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday before rising to 32 degrees and falling off by the weekend.

Highland locations like Sa Pa town would have temperatures of 12-24 degrees this week, it added.

Central Vietnam would be sunny until Friday, with local heat waves likely in its northwestern part until Thursday.

However, from Thursday, due to the impact of a mass of cold air, the region from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces will have cloudy skies and rain.

The south and the Central Highlands will be sunny and dry this week, with the weather not changing much, and have daytime temperatures of 34-37 degrees and 31-34 degrees.

Widespread heat waves have been forecast in the eastern parts of the southern region, where temperatures will rise to at least 35 degrees.

This year the effects of El Nino will cause longer, more intense heat waves in HCMC and other southern localities than in 2023, experts said.

Average temperatures in the country between Feb. 10 and March 10 would be 0.5-1.5 degrees higher than normal, meteorologists said.

While masses of cold air would continue to affect weather patterns, they might be less intense than in previous years, they added.

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