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Heatwave of over 37 degrees Celsius baking southern Vietnam

Heatwave of over 37 degrees Celsius baking southern Vietnam

Sunday, February 18, 2024, 15:33 GMT+7
Heatwave of over 37 degrees Celsius baking southern Vietnam
This image shows a Vietnamese woman walking on a street under the scorching heat in Vietnam. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Southern Vietnam is currently undergoing a persistent heatwave that began several days ago, with the central weather agency forecasting temperatures to exceed 37 degrees Celsius in certain areas on Sunday.

The National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting has issued a warning for hot to extremely hot temperatures ranging from 32 to 37 degrees Celsius on Sunday, with the region experiencing 12-16 hours of heat during the day.

Certain areas may experience temperatures exceeding 37 degrees Celsius, slightly lower than the 38 degrees Celsius recorded in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, located in the southeastern part of the country, on Thursday.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the highest temperature on the same day is expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius.

This level of heat is significantly higher than the lowest forecast temperature for the region on Sunday, which is at 23 degrees Celsius.

The central weather center has cautioned that the current sweltering weather is expected to persist in the region for several days.

In contrast, northern Vietnam is anticipated to experience milder temperatures ranging from 16 to 31 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Similar weather conditions are anticipated for the central and Central Highlands regions, with a temperature range forecast between 19 and 32 degrees Celsius during the day.

Due to the significant temperature gap between the highest and lowest points, the center advises people to stay hydrated and take precautions against the heat, especially during extended travel, to prevent the risk of heatstroke.

The current weather patterns are attributed to El Niño, a climate phenomenon characterized by the abnormal warming of surface waters in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

The phenomenon is entering its peak and is expected to last for the next few months, as explained by the center, according to Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.

The Southern Hydrometeorological Station, as reported by Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, warns that the 2024 hot season is expected to arrive early, and the intensity of extreme heat is anticipated to be on par with or exceed that of 2023.

The highest temperatures are likely to reach 39-40 degrees Celsius.

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Vinh Tho - Le Phan / Tuoi Tre News


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