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Northern Vietnam facing longest heatwave in 27 years

Tuesday, June 09, 2020, 14:05 GMT+7
Northern Vietnam facing longest heatwave in 27 years
A street vendor is pictured under the sizzling sun in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The heatwave that has been scorching northern Vietnam since June 1 is expected to persist in the coming days and may become the longest to have hit the region in 27 years.

High temperatures in northern provinces were recorded at 36-39 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The hot weather pattern is the result of a heatwave that has been affecting the region since June 1.

The heatwave is forecast to linger until June 13 and may become the longest to have hit northern Vietnam since 1993.

Average highs in Hanoi and other northern localities will reach 37-39 degrees Celsius and top 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, with humidity at 40-55 percent on Tuesday.

The UV Index will also be at a harmful level.

Central Vietnam has been impacted by similar scorching weather over the past ten days.

The heat is expected to continue in the region until June 16.

It is quite common for a heatwave to last for 17 to 18 days in central Vietnam.

The most intense heatwave to have struck the region occurred in 2015, lasting for up to 39 days.

The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting has warned of high risks of fire and explosion at local residential areas and forests due to the hot and dry weather.

Meanwhile, it is forecast to rain in southern Vietnam on Tuesday, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.

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