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Temperature tops 40 degrees in Hanoi

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 14:13 GMT+7
Temperature tops 40 degrees in Hanoi
A woman carries goods on a cyclo in the scorching weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Mercury in Hanoi reached their highest since the beginning of June on Tuesday, posing immense challenges to daily activities for local residents.

A heatwave that has been scorching northern and central Vietnam over the past days intensified on Tuesday, causing temperatures in the capital to top 40 degrees Celsius.

The weather pattern is expected to linger until early July, with average highs remaining at 37-40 degrees Celsius in the regions, and over 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological forecasting.

The UV index will be at harmful levels during this period.

A porter works with a sweaty shirt due to high temperatures in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A porter works with a sweaty shirt due to high temperatures in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The heat has been challenging local residents, especially those who have to earn a living outdoors.

“It gets sunnier every day, which is a misery for me and other fellow porters,” said Khai, who works for a shop selling metal materials on De La Thanh Street in Dong Da District.

“It’s very easy for us to become dehydrated, dizzy, and fatigued in this weather,” he added before resuming work, his shirt already drenched in sweat.

A delivery man covers ice packs with a blanket to keep them from melting in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A deliveryman covers ice packs with a blanket to keep them from melting in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The heatwave has also greatly affected their productivity as well as income, said Tien, Khai’s co-worker.

To deal with the baking weather, Thu, who sells fruits along local streets, has to prepare two to three bottles of iced water on a daily basis.

“I put the water bottles into the freezer and carry them with me to work,” Thu stated.

A cyclo driver works in sunny weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A cyclo driver works in sunny weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, many people, especially the elderly and young children, have been hospitalized due to heatstroke and related health conditions over the past days.

The Vietnam National Children’s Hospital said it had received over 3,100 patients with symptoms related to the heat on Monday alone.

A street vendor earns a living in the scorching weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A street vendor earns a living in the scorching weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

High temperature also poses high risks of respiratory and digestive diseases among children, said doctors at the infirmary.

Huong Ha, a 76-year-old resident in Hai Ba Trung District, was admitted to the National Geriatric Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

“I felt a burning sensation on my face and body as well as dizziness and a headache, while my blood pressure also increased. My family decided to bring me to the hospital as I had suffered a stroke a few years ago [due to similar conditions],” Ha elaborated.

A woman carries goods on a cyclo in the scorching weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman carries goods on a cyclo in the scorching weather in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman sprays water onto the street to ease the heat in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman sprays water onto the street to ease the heat in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Elderly patients are treated at the National Geriatric Hospital in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Elderly patients are treated at the National Geriatric Hospital in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A young boy is being examined at the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A young boy is examined at the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, June 23, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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