A heatwave is forecast to affect northern Vietnam during the first week of May, causing temperatures to reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, while the rainy season is expected to begin in southern provinces during this period.
The hot weather pattern will last from May 3 to 10 in northern, north-central, and central localities, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
On May 5 and 6, the highest daily temperature in the regions is expected to be between 35 and 38 degrees Celsius.
The average highs will be about 37 to 40 degrees Celsius from May 7 to 10, as the heatwave intensifies.
A similar weather pattern will occur in southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands from May 3 to 7, with mercury increasing to between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius.
The rainy season in the southern region will begin after this period.
According to Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in southern Vietnam, a tropical depression is likely to form in the Pacific Ocean near the Philippines in early May, which will result in rain falling in multiple areas, including the southern region.
Rainfall will first start in coastal provinces such as Kien Giang and Ca Mau, Lan elaborated.
The rainy season is also hoped to alleviate drought and saltwater intrusion which have plagued Mekong Delta provinces over the past months.