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Rain to cool north, central Vietnam this week, south remains hot

Monday, May 16, 2016, 14:37 GMT+7

People in northern and central Vietnam will get some relief from the current heat wave this week, as rain is forecast to fall, along with temperatures, across the country.

However, despite rainy spells this week, a meteorologist has predicted that the south will continue to bake.

Due to a cold air mass sweeping the north of the country, provinces and cities in northern and north-central regions will experience showers and squalls, while downpours may occur in some areas over the period, Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather specialist, said.

These conditions may, however, dwindle by mid-week, as a warm air mass is forecast to move in from the west of the country. 

Temperatures in general will be lower than 35 degrees Celsius, she added, noting that it could become cool and gloomy with more rain by the weekend.

Coastal central areas from Da Nang City to Binh Thuan Province will have less intensive sunny spells, with cloud bringing drizzly rain in some areas, Lan predicted.

Central Highlands and southern regions will have variable rainfall in the evening on the first few days of the week with more rain expected from mid-week caused by southwesterly winds, Lan said, adding that some provinces and coastal regions in the Mekong Delta will be exposed to heavy rains over the period.

Affected by the final phase of the seasonal transition toward the summer-rainy season, both the Central Highlands and southern regions will continue to suffer from baking temperatures, with highs ranging from 36 to 38 degrees Celsius, the meteorologist concluded.

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