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Saigonese get creative to beat the heat (photos)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 10:25 GMT+7

The sweltering heat blanketing Ho Chi Minh City over the past week has forced locals to turn to unconventional solutions to shield themselves from the scorching sun.

Temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City and several southern provinces have hovered around 35 degrees Celsius for the past few weeks, with readings expected to top 39 degrees Celsius in the coming days and linger well into next month.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper traveled around the city to see how locals are dealing with the hot weather.

A porter at Binh Tay Market in District 6 uses a flattened cardboard box to cover his head and back. Photo: Tuoi Tre

An attendant at a photocopy shop on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, covers his head with a sheet of paper. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Despite traveling by bicycle, this woman is ‘armed to teeth’ in her fight against the sun. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A street vendor leaves almost no part of her body exposed to the sun. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A pavement vendor takes cover while keeping a watchful eye on his wares. Photo: Tuoi Tre

This fruit peddler might be mistaken for a ninja as she pedals around the city. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A student (R) heads to school with hand covers. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two men hide in the shade from a billboard while handing out leaflets at the Nguyen Thai Son Roundabout in Go Vap District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

This big tree is ideal for shading a motorcycle rickshaw driver near the Hong Ha – Hoang Minh Giam intersection in Phu Nhuan District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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