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Northern provinces brace for weekend cold snap

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 13:12 GMT+7
Northern provinces brace for weekend cold snap
Nguyen Van Huong, head of weather forecast division at the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

A cold front is expected to hit Vietnam’s northern provinces on Saturday night and Sunday morning, causing rain and temperature drops throughout the area.

The cold snap this weekend is anticipated to be the strongest this month has seen so far, according to Nguyen Van Huong, head of weather forecast division at the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Huong noted that northern Vietnam has so far seen two cold spells in March, both of which were quite mild and veered away from the mainland and towards the sea. The result has chilly weather with near constant drizzles.

Overall, average temperatures so far this month have been 1 to 2 degree Celsius higher than the average.

According to Huong, northern locales will remain under the influence of weak cold fronts until Friday, causing cloudy skies, fog, and light rains to descent on northeast provinces, including Hanoi late at night and in the early morning.

Afternoon temperatures in these areas will rise to 27-30 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, weather conditions in Vietnam’s northwest region over the next few days will mainly be shaped by low-pressure front moving in from the west. The area will see sunny days for the rest of the week and weekend, with mercury varying between 28-31 degrees Celsius.

After the arrival of the strengthened cold front on late Saturday, northern Vietnam will experience heavy rain and thunderstorms, while central provinces are likely to experience the same conditions later when the cold front moves southbound.

Mercury in northern provinces is expected to plummet to as low as 15 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, or 17-18 degrees Celsius in Hanoi.

The cold spell is expected to last two or three days.

During the seasonal transition, it is recommended that residents take caution to extreme weather, including hurricanes, sleet, and gale winds, Huong said.

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