Southern Vietnam recorded its lowest temperature in more than four decades due to the effect of an intense cold front on Wednesday.
The lowest temperature in the region was measured on Wednesday morning at 14.4 degrees Celsius at Ta Lai Station in Dong Nai Province, according to the Southern Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
At Long Khanh Station in Dong Nai Province, Phuoc Long Station in Binh Phuoc Province, and in Tay Ninh Province, mercury reached 15.9, 16.3, and 17 degrees Celsius, respectively.
In Ho Chi Minh City, temperature dropped to 19 degrees Celsius, according to statistics at Tan Son Nhat Station.
The region’s temperature on Wednesday was the lowest since the beginning of this year’s dry season, said Le Dinh Quyet, an official from the Southern Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
The data of Ta Lai Station also marked southern Vietnam’s record low since 1978, Quyet added.
The strong cold snap began affecting northern Vietnam on Wednesday last week, causing temperatures to dip to below 0 degrees Celsius on high mountains and resulting in frost and sleet in multiple areas.
On Saturday the same week, the effect of the cold snap moved in to southern localities, bringing chilly weather to the region.
By Thursday morning, temperatures in northern provinces had risen to between 18 and 20 as the cold front began to weaken, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.
Meteorologists predict that the region will remain frigid at night and early in the morning, with a wide gap between daytime and nighttime temperatures.
Localities in central and southern Vietnam, as well as the Central Highlands, continue to be influenced by the cold snap, with temperatures plummeting at night and in the early morning.