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Hanoians huddle as the cold bites

By Tung Dinh   February 22, 2022 | 06:00 am PT
Sidewalk fires have become a common sight as Hanoi experiences a biting cold spell with temperatures falling below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.
On February 21, the temperature plunged to 7-9 degrees Celsius in Hanoi, along with chilly winds. At night, the temperature dropped even further. People were buffeted by the piercing cold wind when going out.

On Monday, the temperature plunged to 7-9 degrees Celsius in Hanoi, along with chilly winds. At night, the temperature dropped even further. People were buffeted by the piercing cold wind when going out.

A woman wraps a large plastic sheet around her seat to shield herself from the cold wind.

A woman wraps a large plastic sheet around her seat to shield herself from the cold wind.

I am freezing sitting here. I have to use this sheet I picked up from the roadside, setting it up to block the wind., said Huong, a sidewalk vendor.

"I am freezing sitting here. I have to use this sheet I picked up from the roadside, setting it up to block the wind.," said Huong, a sidewalk vendor.

A scrap dealer huddles against the cold as she takes a break on the sidewalk of Thuy Khue Street in Tay Ho District.

A scrap dealer huddles against the cold as she takes a break on the sidewalk of Thuy Khue Street in Tay Ho District.

A barbecue restaurant staff on Gam Cau street (Hoan Kiem district) wears hermetically sealed leather gloves and layers of clothing as he tries to lure customers in.

A barbecue restaurant staff on Gam Cau street, Hoan Kiem District, wears hermetically sealed leather gloves and layers of clothing as he tries to lure customers in.

Ha, who works as a cart puller at the Long Bien wholesale market, said it was brutally cold and her limbs were numb, making the job more difficult.

Ha, who works as a cart puller at the Long Bien wholesale market,

People on bikes wear heavy winter coats, woolen gloves and scarves to avoid the cold wind.

People on bikes wear heavy winter coats, woolen gloves and scarves to avoid the cold wind.

Ngoc Anh and Ngoc Huyen, residents  of Hoan Kiem district, wear clothes covering their heads and faces. We wouldnt have left the house if we didnt have to. Huyen said. The weather is chilly to the bone. No matter how many clothes you wear, it is not warm enough.

Ngoc Anh and Ngoc Huyen, residents of Hoan Kiem District, wear clothes covering their heads and faces. 'We wouldn't have left the house if we didn't have to.' Huyen said. 'The weather is chilly to the bone. No matter how many clothes you wear, it is not warm enough.'

A pushcart sticky rice and sandwich vendor uses a large outdoor umbrella as a shield. The bitter cold in the north will last until February 24, weather experts have said. Temperatures in the northern delta are forecast at 8-11 degrees Celsius, with the mercury falling even further in the mountains to 3-6 degrees Celsius.

A pushcart sticky rice and sandwich vendor uses a large outdoor umbrella as a shield. The bitter cold in the north will last until February 24, weather experts have said. Temperatures in the north are forecast at 8-11 degrees Celsius, with the mercury falling even further in moutainous areas to 3-6 degrees Celsius.

 
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