Hot spell imminent in northern Vietnam

By Gia Chinh   May 2, 2023 | 08:29 pm PT
Hot spell imminent in northern Vietnam
Beachgoers at Do Son Beach in northern Hai Phong City, May 1, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Le Tan
Temperatures in northern Vietnam are forecast to rise from Thursday and reach 37 degrees Celsius this weekend, while southern parts of the country will hit 35-36 degrees.

The National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said the northern region’s recent cool climate was ending after a four-day cold spell. A hot low-pressure zone from the west will grow from Thursday, causing temperatures to rise by one or two degrees a day.

U.S. forecast site AccuWeather said Hanoi temperatures will rise to 25-30 degrees on Thursday and continue to 37 degrees on Saturday.

Mountainous destinations such as Sa Pa will see temperatures fluctuate between 17 and 31 degrees.

In central Vietnam, a heat wave will hit a number of locations on Thursday before spreading over the region by Sunday, with the mercury reaching 36-39 degrees.

Temperatures in the Central Highlands will be around 32-34 degrees, and 35-37 degrees in the southern region.

The southwest monsoon will bring thunderstorms to cool the Central Highlands and southern areas from Sunday.

The country is bracing for a more intense summer this year, due to the impact of El Nino. Temperatures across the country will be up to 1.5 degrees higher than in previous years. Some areas in the northwest will be 2 degrees hotter than usual.

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