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Cold spell to chill northern Vietnam, while high tide sinks southern localities

Monday, October 28, 2019, 14:00 GMT+7
Cold spell to chill northern Vietnam, while high tide sinks southern localities
People travel along a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City on October 27, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

The weather in northern Vietnam is forecast to become chilly and rainy, while high tide will submerge many parts of Ho Chi Minh City this week.

A cold spell has hit Vietnam and affected some mountainous areas in the country’s northern region as of Monday morning, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The cold front is expected to continue influencing the weather in northern and north-central provinces in the next days, bringing about medium to heavy rain.

From October 28 to 31, the two regions are forecast to record the lowest temperatures of 17-20 degrees Celsius while the average highs will be at 24-28 degrees Celsius.

In Hanoi, showers accompanied by occasional gusts and thunderstorms are in the forecast during this period.

Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7 is inundated due to high tide on October 27, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7 is inundated due to high tide on October 27, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

It will become chilly at night and early in the morning and remain sunny during the day.

Meanwhile, high tide began rising in southern Vietnam on Sunday evening.

The high tide is forecast to peak on Tuesday, according to Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in southern Vietnam.

She added that the situation will be exacerbated by the impact of a monsoon.

Water levels in the Saigon River was at about 1.6 meters on Sunday, causing slight inundation in several neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City.

The tidal flooding is expected to cause inconvenience for commuters and residents in the affected areas in the next days.

The municipal administration has requested district-level authorities to make necessary preparation to cope with the inundation and assist affected citizens.

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