Sleet, a mixture of rain and snow, is likely to fall on mountain peaks in northern Vietnam over the next few days as an enhanced cold front causes temperatures to plummet.
The cold front located north of Vietnam has strengthened and started moving south as of Wednesday morning, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
It will begin affecting mountainous areas in the northern region on Thursday and later extend its influence to other northern, north-central, and central localities on the following days.
Rain will begin falling in northern provinces from Thursday morning and in central provinces from Thursday night.
The weather will also turn frigid in northern and north-central Vietnam from Thursday night.
In provinces such as Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, and Lang Son, the lowest temperatures will likely be around eight to 11 degrees Celsius.
|A map detailing the localities in northern Vietnam where sleet and frost may occur from January 7 to 9. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting|
Temperatures will dip to between four and seven degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, and below 0 degrees Celsius at mountaintops.
From January 7 to 9, it is likely to sleet at locations over 2,000 meters high, namely Fansipan, Lao Than, Ky Quan San, and Nhiu Co San in Lao Cai Province; Pu Si Lung, Khang Su Van, and Ta Lien in Lai Chau Province; Phu Luong, Lung Cung, and Ta Xua in Yên Bai Province; Tay Con Linh, Lung Cu, and Chieu Lau Thi in Ha Giang Province.
At other summits below 2,000 meters high, the low temperature will result in frost.
During this period, average lows in localities between north-central Quang Binh Province and central Quang Ngai Province will be 13-17 degrees Celsius.
From January 9, provinces in south-central and southern Vietnam will also be affected by the cold spell, with temperatures dropping at night and early in the morning.