Northern Vietnam set for weekend drenching

By Gia Chinh   July 28, 2022 | 05:43 am PT
Northern Vietnam set for weekend drenching
Swirls of clouds are seen over the sky of Hanoi in July 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Hanoi and other northern Vietnam regions would experience heavy rain from Friday to Monday, with potential risks of flooding and landslides in mountainous areas, weather experts warn.

A convergence zone is getting established above mountainous regions in northern Vietnam, triggering rain of 100-200 mm in the area from Friday night to Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The rain will first be concentrated in mountainous and midland areas, before expanding towards the plains and the coasts.

Temperatures in Hanoi would fall to between 27-35 degrees Celsius Friday with maximum temperature falling further to 31 degrees Sunday, according to U.S. weather forecast service AccuWeather.

High-altitude locations like Lao Cai’s Sa Pa would see temperatures of 18-22 degrees Celsius, it predicted.

Hot sunny days are expected to continue in certain central Vietnam regions this weekend, with temperatures of 35-37 degrees Celsius and 55-70 percent humidity.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has advised people to stay home and away from wet locations and electrical appliances amid a thunderstorm to avoid risks of electrocution and getting struck by lightning.

Around 44 people have been killed in 36 lightning strike incidents across the country this year, the center said.

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