Residents of northern Vietnam saw the return of sunlight and warmer temperatures on Thursday morning as the cold front impacting the region has begun to subside, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Intense cold, however, was still blanketing several northern areas, as well as the central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien – Hue, with temperatures dropping to as low as four degrees Celsius in some regions.
The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting also reported the possibility of sub-zero temperatures in high-altitude areas, with chances of frost.
Temperatures in northern provinces are expected to climb to 20 degrees Celsius.
With warmer temperatures, northern farmers have opportunities to resume work after a week of interruption caused by extreme cold, frost, and sleet.
However, the temperature disparity between daytime and nighttime will remain, with bitter cold at night and in the early morning.
The cold front is expected to continue in central areas, with the provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien – Hue going to record temperatures as low as nine degrees Celsius, while the region from Da Nang City to Quang Ngai Province may experience mercury as low as 15 degrees Celsius.
The Central Highlands and southern provinces will also experience cold weather at night, with Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces to see temperatures around 23-27 degrees Celsius.
Speaking on weather conditions over the next months, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting anticipated a 0.5 to one degree Celsius drop in average temperature in January and February compared to the same time last year.
Cold spells over this period will last around five to seven days and prolong even more in northern mountainous areas.
Experts have advised residents to curb outdoor activity, wear warm clothing, avoid burning coal for heat in insulated rooms, as well as consider keeping children off school based on temperatures.
Residents are also recommended to pay attention to weather updates and cold front developments on a regular basis.