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Downpour relieves weeks-long heat in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, April 09, 2020, 19:11 GMT+7
Downpour relieves weeks-long heat in Ho Chi Minh City
People ride motorbikes in the rain on Au Co Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A heavy rain on Thursday afternoon helped make the weather in Ho Chi Minh City more pleasant, relieving weeks of sweltering temperature.

It began raining in Tan Phu District and Thu Duc District at about 1:00 pm on Thursday before other districts got a downpour, taking motobike drivers and pedestrians already used to the scorching afternoon sun by surprise.

It was raining heavily in some parts of the city, but only lasted for 10-15 minutes in such districts as Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh.

The rain did not cause congestion – as downpours had often done ­– since there has been less traffic in the southern metropolis amid social distancing and school and store closures owing to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

Commuters brave the rain on Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Commuters brave the rain on Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A intersection is captured in the rain in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

A intersection is captured in the rain in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

According to the southern hydro-meteorological station, convective clouds are still forming over the southeastern provinces of Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai, and the Mekong Delta provinces of Long An and Dong Thap.

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for these localities, with a possibility of expanding to nearby areas.

Residents in these areas are advised to be aware of lightning and strong winds that may accompany thunderstorms occurring in the afternoons and evenings of the coming days.

The lowest temperature in the southern region is expected to be about 25-28 degrees Celsius on average, while the highest will be around 32-35 degrees Celsius.

An old woman push street cart in the rain on a street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

An old woman pushes a food cart in the rain on a street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Two people find a shelter from the rain at a bus stop on Le Quang Dinh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Two people find a shelter from the rain at a bus stop on Le Quang Dinh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Commuters brave the rain on Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Commuters brave the rain on Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Commuters brave the rain on Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Video: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain on Au Co Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain on Au Co Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain on Au Co Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain on Au Co Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

People ride motorbikes in the rain in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Rain falls on Vuon Lai Street in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 9, 2020. Video: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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