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Days-long heat wave bakes southern Vietnam

Wednesday, March 03, 2021, 18:17 GMT+7
Days-long heat wave bakes southern Vietnam
A motorbike taxi driver drinks water along a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City and other localities in southern Vietnam have entered a four-day period of scorching weather, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius.

The region is no longer affected by unseasonal rain brought about by enhanced cold spells, the southern hydro-meteorological center said, adding that the weather has become much hotter in many provinces and cities.

In Ho Chi Minh City, average temperatures will be at 34 to 35 degrees Celsius, but the real feel can be higher.

In such provinces as Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai, the highest temperature is forecast to reach 35 degrees Celsius.

It will also be more than 35 degrees Celsius in some areas.

The weather pattern is expected to last from March 3 to 7.

The hottest time of the day is between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, exacerbated by low humidity in the atmosphere.

The UV Index in the region will remain at a ‘very high’ level in the coming days.

Local residents are advised to wear jackets, sunglasses, hats, face masks, and sunscreen, while staying hydrated when they are outside in daytime.

The evening would be a more appropriate time for outdoor activities as the temperature will decrease rapidly toward the end of the day.

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