The northern and central regions of Vietnam are forecast to experience scorching heat from Thursday to Sunday, according to the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The sweltering weather is likely to sweep through these regions during this summer, with temperatures forecast to be higher than those last year.
Tran Hong Thai, head of the administration, said that this year, heatwaves came soon and might get stronger than those in 2022.
“The northern region will undergo the peak temperature in June and July, while the central region will face maximum temperatures between late June and August,” Thai said.
“The hot weather will end in southern Vietnam in May, while hitting the northern and central regions."
The blistering heat will extend until early August in northern Vietnam and late August in the central region, he added.
Temperatures ranging from 36 to 39 degrees Celsius will bake the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue between May 4 and 7, according to Nguyen Duc Hoa, a representative from the national weather center.
The northeastern region of Vietnam will face heatwaves with temperatures reaching up to 37 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday.
“From mid-May, temperatures will increase by 0.5-1.5 degrees Celsius against those in the previous years," Hoa said.
"The number of extremely hot days is forecast to trend up this year compared with the 2022 figure.
“The weather will gradually cool down in the southern region in mid-May, while the region will see more rains."
Residents should stay on high alert for explosion and fire due to the baking heat that drives up power consumption, according to the representative of the national weather center.
Extreme heat not only fuels wildfire risks, but also leads to increased health problems, dehydration, exhaustion, and heatstroke.