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Northern Vietnam braces for coldest night of year so far

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 18:15 GMT+7

Northern Vietnam is forecast to suffer its coldest spell of weather so far this year on Wednesday, with temperatures in Hanoi expected to drop to as low as 14 degrees Celsius.

The northern and north-central regions began experiencing cold weather and rain on Monday, but the cold snap is expected to strengthen tonight, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said on Wednesday.

The latest update at 7:00 am found temperatures had dramatically dropped in several areas.

In Hanoi, the Lang Fortress, Ha Dong and Hoai Duc Districts reported readings of 15.5, 15.4 and 14.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Bac Son District, Lang Son Province, temperatures dropped to as low as 12.7 degrees Celsius, and Dong Van Karst Plateau, a famous destination in Ha Giang Province, 10.1 degrees Celsius.

In the popular tourist town of Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province, the cold front sent temperatures to 9.6 degrees Celsius, and in Mau Son Mount, 7.8 degrees Celsius.

Tonight, temperatures in northwestern Vietnam are expected to average 15 to 17 degrees Celsius, 10 to 12 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, and 8 to 9 degrees Celsius in Sa Pa.

Hanoi will experience temperatures between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius, and Mau Son, 7 to 8 degrees Celsius.

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