A cold front is forecast to bring chilly weather to northern Vietnam during Christmas, with temperature dipping to below zero degrees Celsius on high mountains.
A strong cold snap will start affecting weather conditions in northern provinces on December 25, according to Le Thi Loan, an official from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
From December 26 to 28, localities in northern and north-central Vietnam will record average lows of 10 to 14 degrees Celsius, against the norm of at least 30 degrees in the tropical country.
Mercury will drop to between four and seven degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, and below zero degrees on high mountains, which may cause frost to form.
Showers are in the forecast from December 24 to 26.
The rains may increase in intensity between December 25 and 28.
The cold front will also cause strong winds in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea and along the maritime area of the central provinces starting December 25, Loan added.
Meanwhile, unseasonal rains are expected to dampen southern localities and the Central Highlands on Thursday and Friday due to the effect of an equatorial low-pressure belt, according to the southern hydro-meteorological center.
Similar weather patterns may repeat in these regions from December 27 to 31.