Thanh Hoa Province in north-central Vietnam experienced the highest temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, a record in Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration.
The temperature, measured at the Hoi Xuan Station in Quan Hoa District, Thanh Hoa, exceeded the previous record of 43.4 degrees Celsius set on April 20, 2019 in Huong Khe District of Ha Tinh Province, also in north-central Vietnam.
The northwestern region and the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Phu Yen faced scorching weather with temperature hitting 37-40 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
Some areas saw their temperature at above 41 degrees Celsius, such as Lac Son District and Hoa Binh City of northern Hoa Binh Province, Quy Chau and Tuong Duong Districts of north-central Nghe An Province, and Huong Khe District of Ha Tinh Province.
The humidity was at 33-35 percent at 1:00 pm in these areas.
|The temperature at 1:00 pm on May 6, 2023 in central Vietnamese provinces. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting|
Saturday was considered the hottest day during the ongoing blistering heatwave.
This could be the strongest large-scale heatwave in May, caused by the impact of a hot, low-pressure area from the west combined with the strong Foehn wind effect, the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration said.
The heatwave was expected to diminish nationwide from Sunday.
The northern and central regions were forecast to experience rains and thunderstorms next week while the weather would cool down.