Several areas of Ho Chi Minh City reported rain that lasted nearly 20 minutes from around 5:00 pm on Thursday.
According to local residents, the off-season rain was first recorded in Thu Duc City – an eastern part of Ho Chi Minh City – before moving into nearby Go Vap and Binh Thanh Districts.
The abrupt downpour caught local commuters off guard, forcing many to pull over to find shelter.
Despite lasting only a few minutes, the rain dramatically brought down temperatures in the city.
According to the Southern Region Hydro-Meteorological Center, precipitation was also reported in other southern provinces, with thunderstorms and gale winds documented in certain locales.
|Commuters navigate through the rain in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre|
|Residents in Ho Chi Minh City take shelter from the off-season rain, March 25, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre|
Off-season rain is expected to return later on Friday along the western border of southern Vietnam.
Meanwhile, a heatwave will maintain its impact on the rest of the area during the day, pushing the highest mercury throughout southeast areas to 34-36 degrees Celsius and beyond, while also driving up the temperature in several locales of the Mekong Delta to as much as 35 degrees Celsius.
Severe heat is anticipated to last until late March or early April, when southern provinces see higher intensity of unseasonal rain.