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Temperature hits 40 degrees Celsius as dry season peaks in central Vietnam

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 11:34 GMT+7
Temperature hits 40 degrees Celsius as dry season peaks in central Vietnam
A few commuters are spotted along a bridge in Hue City, located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, April 20, 2019. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Temperature reached up to 40 degrees Celsius in central Vietnam on Saturday as the dry season has entered its peak in the region.

The highest temperature in Hue City, located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, was 40 degrees Celsius, the provincial steering committee for national disaster prevention reported.

Mercury in other localities of the province was between 36 and 39 degrees Celsius, it continued, adding that the dry season has peaked in the region.

The iconic Truong Tien Bridge in Hue is secluded at noon. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The iconic Truong Tien Bridge in Hue at noon. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Along such streets that are normally busy as Tran Hung Dao, very few vehicles were spotted, especially at noon, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Those who had to go outside tried to cover themselves with as many types of protective clothing as they could.

A resident takes a nap on a hammock at a park in Hue City. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A resident takes a nap on a hammock at a park in Hue City. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Local workers would find shade at parks or under bridges and overpasses during this time of the day.

“Such high temperature is not unprecedented, but it feels much more unpleasant this year,” Phan Thi Nga, a scrap collector, said.

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

In Da Nang, temperature reached 38 to 39 degrees Celsius.

Demand for electric fans and air conditioners in the city has also been rising as local residents look for a way to endure the scorching weather.

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities warned that the dry season could be harsher this year as the city is facing water shortage.    

This could also be the hottest year in Da Nang’s history, they added.

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Commuters wear protective clothing in the central city of Da Nang on April 20, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

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