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It may get as cold as 18°C in Saigon this weekend

Friday, January 22, 2016, 15:15 GMT+7

Temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City may drop to 18 degrees Celsius this weekend before rising again due to a cold front moving from the northern region, according to weather forecasts.

The central weather agency has said that the southern region of Vietnam will be hit by a spell of northeast winds that are predicted to be extremely strong.

Due to the cold weather on Friday and Saturday, the northeast winds blowing on the southern sea will become increasingly fierce.

It will be cloudy in the mainland of the southern region, with rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Le Thi Xuan Lan, a meteorologist, told local newswire VnExpress that temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities will steeply plummet on Sunday night and Monday.

It will be as cold as 18 degrees Celsius in Ho Chi Minh City, Lan said.

Temperatures in provinces in the southeastern part of the country will fall down to 18-20 degrees Celsius, with Long Khanh Town in Dong Nai Province getting even colder – 17 degrees Celsius.

The southwestern region will experience cold weather as well, with the lowest reading of 19-20 degrees Celsius.

 “The cold front will last only two days,” Lan said. “It’ll be warmer after that.”

In January last year, it was 18 degrees Celsius in Ho Chi Minh City, the lowest since 2008 in this tropical metropolis, where temperatures tend to stay around 30 degrees Celsius most of the time.

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