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Double cold fronts hit northern Vietnam, mercury drops to nearly zero degrees Celsius

Double cold fronts hit northern Vietnam, mercury drops to nearly zero degrees Celsius

Monday, January 22, 2024, 17:26 GMT+7
Double cold fronts hit northern Vietnam, mercury drops to nearly zero degrees Celsius
People are seen in an area of northern Vietnam experiencing snowfall. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A second robust cold front entered northern Vietnam on Monday, merging with the existing one to intensify the frigid weather in the region, according to the central weather agency's report on the same day.

Many areas are experiencing temperatures as low as nearly zero degrees Celsius, the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said in the report.

The extreme cold weather is currently impacting the northern regions and has extended southward to north-central localities, the center said, adding this situation may last for four to five days.

The center has issued a warning for the possibility of snowfall and frosty weather in high mountainous areas.

Various areas in the northern region, particularly those in mountainous areas, are experiencing severe cold conditions, with temperatures dropping to nearly zero degrees Celsius.

Prolonged rains have exacerbated the chilly conditions.

Starting from Monday, the northwest region is expected to be cloudy with scattered rainstorms, possibly accompanied by whirlwinds, lightning, and gusts.

The area will also undergo cold weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from two to 17 degrees Celsius.

The northeastern part will be enveloped in chilly conditions, with temperatures ranging from two to 15 degrees Celsius, and scattered showers are in the forecast.

Hanoi is forecast to experience cloudy and showery weather, with mercury ranging from 10 to 14 degrees Celsius.

On Sunday, the Department of Education and Training in the capital city requested preschools and elementary schools to grant students a break when temperatures drop below 10 degrees Celsius.

Similarly, middle schools are advised to do the same if temperatures fall below seven degrees.

Starting from Monday, the region spanning from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue Provinces in the north-central part of the country will be cloudy, with scattered showers and temperatures ranging from 11 to 28 degrees Celsius.

In the central coastal region, particularly from Da Nang City to Binh Thuan Province, higher temperatures ranging from 21 to 31 degrees Celsius are anticipated.

Some areas may have cloudy and rainy conditions at night, with sunny weather prevailing during the daytime.

The Central Highlands region is expected to have sunny daytime conditions and occasional showers at night, with mercury ranging from 16 to 31 degrees Celsius.

The southern part of the country is forecast to experience similar weather conditions, with higher temperatures reaching up to 34 degrees Celsius.

Due to the impact of the double cold fronts, the Gulf of Tonkin will have rough seas from Monday.

Sea waves are to reach heights of 2.5-3.5 meters, with the strongest northeast wind hitting speeds of 61 kph and gusts of up to 88 kph.

The northern part of the East Vietnam Sea, encompassing the waters around Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, is expected to encounter northeast winds and squalls at speeds of 74 kph and 88 kph, respectively.

Rough seas with wave heights rising up to five meters are anticipated in this region.

The sea area off Quang Tri and Khanh Hoa Provinces, spanning from the north to the south of the central part, including the eastern waters of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, is anticipated to undergo rough sea conditions with waves reaching heights of 3.5 meters.

The most potent winds are projected to reach a velocity of 74 kph in this region.

The marine area extending from south-central Binh Thuan Province to the southernmost province of Ca Mau, including the western waters of Truong Sa, will be subject to strong winds of up to 88 kph and rough seas with wave heights reaching as high as 4.5 meters.

These adverse weather conditions at sea will impact the operations of all ships, the center warned.

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Vinh Tho - Le Phan / Tuoi Tre News

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