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​Unseasonal rain to continue in southern Vietnam; north remains cool

​Unseasonal rain to continue in southern Vietnam; north remains cool

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 11:08 GMT+7

Unseasonal rain is expected to continue in southern Vietnam on Tuesday, while temperature in northern localities will plummet due to the presence of a cold snap.

Unusually large amounts of rainfall have dampened large areas across the southern region of the country over the past two days, and are forecast to linger until the end of Tuesday before decreasing in intensity, said Le Dinh Quyet, an official of the Southern Weather Forecast Station.

The downpours on Sunday and Monday mainly occurred in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as provinces in the southeast region, and half of the Mekong Delta, Quyet stated.

The highest rainfall was recorded at 31 millimeters in the southern province of Binh Duong, followed by the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang with 18 millimeters, he continued.

The cool weather has negatively impacted the farming of cashew nuts in the southern province of Binh Phuoc.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has advised local farmers to pay extra attention to their cashew crops and to promptly deal with diseases and other issues that may arise.

The average temperature in southern Vietnam is expected to drop to between 22 and 23 degrees Celsius in the upcoming days, Quyet added.

The cold spell will be felt the most in northern Vietnam, with provinces in the region forecast to be impacted by cold weather, especially at night.

The lowest temperature of -1.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in the mountainous Mau Son Commune, Lang Son Province as of Tuesday morning, causing a frost to form in the area.

Meanwhile, mercury in Hanoi dropped to 9.9 degrees Celsius.

Elementary students in the capital were able to stay home due to the cold weather.

In tropical Vietnam, the norm is 30 degrees Celsius.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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