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Heatwave-hit Ho Chi Minh City expected to see heavy showers this week

Heatwave-hit Ho Chi Minh City expected to see heavy showers this week

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 11:32 GMT+7
Heatwave-hit Ho Chi Minh City expected to see heavy showers this week
Commuters travel in the rain in Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Heavy downpours will likely blanket Ho Chi Minh City and other southern Vietnamese provinces over the next three days, promising a much-needed break from the brutally hot weather that has been ravaging the region for months.

The city and other southern locales could see scattered showers and thunderstorms from Wednesday afternoon, with rainfall of 15-30mm, said the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting.

Widespread rain may continue to come down on the region over the next few days, mainly in the evening.

Despite possible evening downpours, daytime temperatures across the southeastern provinces may stay as high as around 36 degrees Celsius, the national weather agency added.

The agency highlighted the possibility of an end to the ongoing heatwave in southern Vietnam by Thursday.

A street food vendor adjusts a plastic sheet to protect his food stall from the rain. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A street food vendor adjusts a plastic sheet to protect his food stall from the rain in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

On Tuesday afternoon, several parts of Ho Chi Minh City like Binh Thanh District, Phu Nhuan District, and Thu Duc City experienced rain and thunderstorms.

Heavy rains lasting for around 20 minutes lashed Binh Thanh District, leaving some streets flooded as manholes were clogged with garbage.

The hot weather in the southern metropolis is less intense than last month, but the oppressive heat over the past few days is still unbearable, especially in the evening.

Local meteorologists explained that southern Vietnam has been affected by the western Pacific subtropical high, which means a warm high-pressure system located in the middle and lower troposphere over the western Pacific, causing stifling heat in the region.

This warm high-pressure system along with high humidity in Ho Chi Minh City made the sweltering conditions worse, the experts said.

In related news, from Wednesday evening till Thursday, northern Vietnam is forecast to see moderate to heavy rainfall of 40-80mm, while showers and thunderstorms are expected in north-central provinces with precipitation of 20-40mm, the national weather center said.

The agency cautioned against hailstorms, whirlwinds, wind gusts during downpours, adding that residents should stay prepared for possible flash floods, landslides in mountainous areas, as well as inundation in low-lying and urban locations.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms may persist in the Central Highlands and southern regions over the next 10 days, with rainfall mainly taking place in the afternoon and evening.

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