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Ho Chi Minh City residents shun the sun as summer approaches (photos)

Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:48 GMT+7

As it is getting considerably hotter these days, many in Ho Chi Minh City have to shield themselves from the sun and scorching heat.

According to the Southern Hydrometeorology Station, the temperature in the city has reached almost 37 degrees Celsius in the last two days.

It has been nearly 38 degrees Celsius in such nearby provinces as Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Binh Phuoc.

This is the hottest spell in southern Vietnam since the onset of this dry season, which typically starts in November and lasts until April of the following year, the station noted.

The hot, stuffy climate in the region is forecast to linger until mid-April, and the temperature in Ho Chi Minh City is likely to reach 38 degrees Celsius, while some southeastern provinces will see 40 degrees, according to the weather forecasting station.

The climate usually does not cool down markedly until around July, when the rainy season begins.

Tuoi Tre News presents photos which depict how people in the city shy away from the sun and intolerable heat, especially at midday.

A woman seeks relief from the hot weather in the refreshing water at Yet Kieu Swimming Pool in District 1. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Locals are pictured stopping in the shade some five meters from a zebra crossing to wait for the lights to turn green on the Hanoi Highway in Thu Duc District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Some students of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City carry umbrellas to shield themselves from the scorching sun. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A woman is seen covered in a mask, helmet, hat, and coat when riding in a "xe ba gac" (three-wheeled cart) on Nguyen Kiem Street in Phu Nhuan District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Three girls are pictured walking in the sun with an umbrella on Nguyen Kiem Street in Phu Nhuan District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man buys a fan to cool his family down amidst the hot temperatures. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A group of girls in shirts and shorts are shown relishing iced coconut juice, one of the most popular refreshments during summertime, at a sidewalk shop in District 1. Photo: Tuoi Tre

An elderly woman and two girls are seen buying oranges to make juice and relieve themselves of thirst and irritability during the hot days. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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