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1.2 degrees Celsius turns up the chill in northern Vietnam

1.2 degrees Celsius turns up the chill in northern Vietnam

Sunday, December 17, 2023, 15:57 GMT+7
1.2 degrees Celsius turns up the chill in northern Vietnam
Temperatures dropped below 10 degrees Celsius in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam early on December 17, 2023. Photo: H.Ai / Tuoi Tre

A cold front swept through the northwestern part of Vietnam on Sunday morning, with Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province experiencing the lowest temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius, according to the national weather center.

Other mountainous areas such as Dong Van in Ha Giang Province, Trung Khanh in Cao Bang Province, Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province, or Tam Dao in Vinh Phuc Province began enduring the biting cold ranging between 5.8 and 9.5 degrees Celsius.

In the capital city of Hanoi, temperatures dropped to 12-13 degrees Celsius, as measured at Ba Vi, Lang, Hoai Duc, Ha Dong, and Son Tay stations.

The chilly weather also gripped over provinces in the northern delta where mercury stayed between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, locals in north-central Vietnam were facing the cold temperatures from 13 to 17 degrees Celsius.

It was sunny with temperatures reaching below 14 degrees Celsius in Hanoi early on December 17, 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

It was sunny with temperatures dropping below 14 degrees Celsius in Hanoi early on December 17, 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said that temperatures will likely plunge further in northern Vietnam and the central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue on Sunday, as a result of the cold front.

People in the midland, delta, and north-central localities could feel extremely cold at night and early in the morning, in addition to snowing rains and frost particularly in mountainous locations.

In Lao Cai Province, mountainous areas such as Sa Pa Town, a popular destination, and several communes in Bat Xat District could experience a big chill as temperatures are expected to drop to 2-4 degrees Celsius, while Mount Fansipan, the highest peak of Vietnam, could see bone-chilling temperatures of below one degree Celsius.

The persistent extreme cold weather is expected to continue over the next few days, with the possibility of the cold air intensifying further.

The influence of the cold snap has led to moderate to heavy rains in the central provinces stretching from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai. Some areas experienced rainfall exceeding 120mm on Sunday.

The center noted that showers and thunderstorms could also hit other central provinces from Quang Binh to Khanh Hoa where precipitation could range between 15mm and 60mm.

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Hong Ngan - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

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