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​Hanoi residents grapple with fresh heat wave

Monday, July 02, 2018, 10:29 GMT+7

Residents in Hanoi are taking all measures possible to withstand the scorching weather brought about by a new heat wave that began on Sunday.

Temperatures in northern and north-central provinces started to rise on Sunday, with average highs of 35 to 38 degrees Celsius, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

With the hot spell forecast to last until July 6, it is likely to become even hotter in the following days.

“This could be the hottest time of the year in the Red River Delta,” said Hoang Phuc Lam, an official of the forecast center.

In Hanoi, streets and public places have become less busy as residents avoid going outside due to the baking atmosphere.

A vendor on Ba Trieu Street in Hanoi.
A vendor on Ba Trieu Street in Hanoi

Those having to go outdoors have to cover their entire body and face with protective clothing and gear, such as gloves, socks, sunglasses, and masks.

Sunday’s highs were between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius in the Vietnamese capital.

Sweltering heat of above 39 degrees Celsius is forecast to remain in Hanoi from Monday to Wednesday.

The walking street near Ho Guom (Sword Lake) is quite empty on a Sunday morning.
The walking street near Ho Guom (Sword Lake) is quite empty on a Sunday morning.

A similar situation was observed in the north-central province of Nghe An the same day.

Construction workers could only work until 9:00 am and resumed their tasks late in the afternoon due to the unbearable heat.

A group of residents cover themselves with jackets and umbrellas as they cross Tay Son Street in Hanoi.
A group of residents cover themselves with jackets and umbrellas as they cross Tay Son Street in Hanoi.
A couple buys an air cooler for their home during the hot weather.
A couple buys an air cooler for their home during the hot weather.
All activities are ceased at a construction site due to the heat.
All activities cease at a construction site due to the heat.
A commuter takes a short break under the shade.
A commuter takes a short break in the shade.
Commuters travel under the shade of an overpass.
Commuters travel in the shade of an overpass.
Residents travel under the extreme heat in Hanoi.
Residents travel under the extreme heat in Hanoi.
A street in the north-central province of Nghe An is nearly empty on July 1, 2018.
A street in the north-central province of Nghe An is nearly empty on July 1, 2018.
An owner of a key shop sprinkle water around his stall to cool off the atmosphere. .
An owner of a key shop sprinkle water around his stall to cool off the atmosphere. .
People flock to Cua Lo Beach in Nghe An Province to cool themselves off
People flock to Cua Lo Beach in Nghe An Province to cool themselves off.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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