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Rains to decrease in southern Vietnam, as northern, central provinces brace for heatwave

Monday, August 12, 2019, 11:39 GMT+7
Rains to decrease in southern Vietnam, as northern, central provinces brace for heatwave
A neighborhood on Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang is flooded on August 10, 2019 following a prolonged downpour. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A slim chance of rain is forecast for southern Vietnam over the next days due to a weakening monsoon, while hot weather patterns are expected to affect northern and central provinces.

The monsoon which previously brought heavy downpours to provinces in the southern region and the Central Highlands is diminishing, the National Center for Hydro-metrological Forecasting stated on Monday.

The average rainfall in the two regions was recorded at between 10 and 30 millimeters on Sunday and will continue decreasing in the first half of this week.

Showers and occasional thunderstorms may still occur in the evening.

The highest temperatures will rise to between 32 and 33 degrees Celsius and can exceed 34 degrees Celsius in some locations in southern Vietnam.

Rough seas, however, will still affect the coast from south-central Binh Thuan Province to the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, as well as the southern part of the East Vietnam Sea, on Monday.

Meanwhile, a heatwave began hitting northern and central Vietnam on Sunday, with average highs ranging from 35 to 37 degrees Celsius.

In some localities in the northern province of Son La, the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, and the central province of Quang Ngai, temperatures reached up to 38 degrees Celsius.

The scorching weather pattern is forecast to last three to four days in northern provinces and remain longer in the central region.

UV Index in Hanoi and the central city of Da Nang was forecast to be at a harmful level on Monday.

The weather center also warned of a high risk of fire, explosion, and wildfires due to high temperatures.

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