Southern Vietnam will continue experiencing cold weather during the next two days before it gets warmer before Tet (lunar New Year), while it may be warmer in northern provinces starting tomorrow, the Southern Hydro-meteorological Station reported.
Impacted by a cold front that is moving from north to south, the temperatures in many localities in the southern region have declined.
Yesterday, January 23, the temperature in Long Khanh town in Dong Nai Province reduced to 16.4 degrees Celsius, while it was 16.5-17.5 degrees in Dong Phu and Phuoc Long District in Binh Phuoc Province.
Slightly higher temperatures were recorded the same day in other localities. In Long An Province’s Moc Hoa District, the temperature reached 18 degrees Celsius, while the temperature in Dong Thap Province’s Cao Lanh District was slightly lower at 17.7 degrees C.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the average morning temperature in the past few days has been 18-19 degrees.
The current cold front is the fourth to hit the southern region in the past two months. The prolonged cold weather is a rare weather phenomenon that hasn’t occurred for many years, the Station said.
It has caused negative impacts on children’s health in the region, with the number of hospitalizations for throat sore and respiratory problems, including pneumonia and tracheitis, on the rise in some provinces and cities, including HCM City and Tien Giang Province, doctors said.
Warmer during Tet
In general, the weather in the northern region of the country may get warmer from Friday until the Tet holiday, which begins on January 31, 2014, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center reported.
From January 23-24, it will be cold and dry in northern provinces at night and in the morning, with temperatures of 7-8 degrees Celsius. In mountainous areas, it will be cooler, dropping to less than 5 degrees, and in even higher areas, it will decrease to under three degrees.
Meanwhile, the daytime temperature will range from 19-22 degrees. On January 25-26, the lowest and highest temperatures in the northern region will be 14-16 degrees and 19-22 degrees.
On the first and second days of Tet (January 31 and February 1), it will be warm during the day while at night, the temperature will drop to 15-17 degrees and will be even lower in mountainous areas, reaching 12 degrees.
The region from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue Provinces will remain dry from January 23-34, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 22 degrees Celsius in the day and 8-12 at night and in the early morning.
From January 27 onward, the weather will get warmer, with the lowest and highest temperatures at 15-17 degrees and 24-26 degrees respectively.
A similar weather pattern will occur in the area from Da Nang City to Binh Thuan Province.
In the Central Highlands and southern Vietnam, there will be almost no rain, with the cold weather continuing for the next two days.
After that, provinces in the Central Highlands will enjoy warmer weather, with temperatures rising to 22-25 degrees in a couple of days and to 26-28 degrees from January 28 to February 1. A similar weather pattern will also occur in southern provinces, where temperatures will be higher, reaching 29-32 degrees at most during the day.