Rain to break southern Vietnam heatwave

By Ha An   July 5, 2021 | 02:47 am PT
Rain to break southern Vietnam heatwave
Heavy rain floods Nguyen Van Khoi Street in Go Vap District, June 2, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
An elongated area of lower air pressure combined with the southwest monsoon has resulted in prolonged rains in HCMC and other southern areas.

The rains started to fall Monday and are expected to last until Saturday, according to the Hydro-Meteorological Observatory for the Southern Region.

The amount of rainfall should be measured at 20-50 millimeters per 24 hours, it said. Rainfall of 180 millimeters a day is considered heavy.

The rains have ended a heatwave that had lasted over two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City and southern Vietnam, during which the mercury remained in the 35-36 degrees Celsius from morning throughout the afternoon across the southern metropolis.

The wave is a normal weather phenomenon that usually occurs in June or August in southern Vietnam due to the influence of a subtropical high-pressure area combined with hot low-pressure.

The rainy season has arrived early this year in southern Vietnam, beginning in April instead of late April or even mid-May.

The south of Vietnam only has two seasons, dry and rainy. The rainy season normally lasts until November.

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