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Unusual hail falls in Ho Chi Minh City amidst dry season

Unusual hail falls in Ho Chi Minh City amidst dry season

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 15:33 GMT+7
Unusual hail falls in Ho Chi Minh City amidst dry season
Hailstones in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City on April 25, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Phuoc Tho / Tuoi Tre reader

Unexpected hail hit parts of Ho Chi Minh City and some southern Vietnamese provinces amidst the dry season on Saturday.

The hail was recorded in the northern part of the city, as well as Dong Nai and Tay Ninh Provinces, with hailstones measuring about 0.5 centimeters in diameter.

It lasted only a few minutes and did not cause any damage, but many residents were quite concerned about the rare phenomenon.

According to Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in southern Vietnam, hail is not unprecedented in Ho Chi Minh City.

In southern Vietnam, hailstones fell during the dry season in the past, with hailstones measuring 0.5 to one centimeter, Lan continued.

“The region has been affected by hot weather since March. As the temperature rises, water evaporates and is pushed to a higher altitude, forming convection clouds,” the weather expert elaborated.

“As it gets colder at a higher altitude, the water vapor becomes frozen droplets, which eventually result in hail.”

The weather pattern may continue in the upcoming days, especially during the transition period between the dry and rainy seasons.

The rainy season in southern Vietnam is expected to start in early May, Lan said, adding that tropical depression will begin to form in the Pacific Ocean near the Philippines during this time.

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