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Northern Vietnam likely to suffer bitter cold this month

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 14:22 GMT+7
Northern Vietnam likely to suffer bitter cold this month
This file photo shows an area covered with snow in Sa Pa town in the northern province of Lao Cai in early January 2015.

Northern Vietnamese provinces, especially those in mountainous areas, will likely experience chilling weather this week as another cold snap is entering the region to intensify the current cold weather, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned on Wednesday.

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Today, the cold front will first hit northeastern provinces and then the north central, northwest, and central regions, the center said.

The temperature in the northeastern region will be 15 degrees Celsius on average, while colder weather of under 13 degrees will affect mountainous areas.

The incoming cold spell will last from February 4 to 5, Hoang Duc Cuong, the center’s director, said, adding that the next cold front will begin on February 19, the first day of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, and stay until February 21.

One more cold snap will enter the region later this month, he added.

Meanwhile, south central provinces, the Central Highlands region and the southern region will see less rain and temperatures will not change much from now until Tet, which falls on February 19.

Today, the high and low temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City are forecast to be 33 and 21 degrees Celsius, while those in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho are estimated at 31 and 22 degrees.  

As a result of the incoming cold spell, as of tomorrow, February 5, light and medium rain will fall in the northern region, and will then extend to northern and central provinces.

As of Wednesday afternoon, northeast winds in northern coastal areas will reach up to 28 kph, while the Gulf of Tonkin will experience rough seas and stronger winds, at up to 49 kph, and gusts of 50-61 kph.

The southern area of the East Vietnam Sea, including the waters south of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, and the sea off the region from the south-central province of Ninh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in the south, will be rough, with northeast winds of 29-49 kph and squalls of up to 74 kph. Waves in the areas will be 2-3 meters high.

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