The ongoing heatwave that is baking northern and central regions is predicted to last longer and increase as from July 16 due to hot low-pressure areas in the west of the country and the Foehn effect, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting.
Students are expected to sit for high-school entrance exams from July 16-20 under hot weather, with temperatures from 36-38C in the north, and 37-40C in the central region, even more than 40C in some places.
|Students are expected to sit for high-school entrance exams from July 16-20 under hot weather. (Photo: thanhnien)|
The northern delta region, Hanoi and Hoa Binh province are the localities hardest hit by the scorching heat. Meanwhile, among central localities, provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Tri will experience higher temperatures.
The heatwave is forecast to end in the north after July 20, but persist in central provinces for more days.
The prolonged heatwave may cause health issues and increased risks of fires and other accidents in residential areas as demand for electricity spike. Wildfire warnings have also been raised in the northern and central regions.
The National Center for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting has continued to warn of drought in central provinces.
Meanwhile, rains are in forecast for northern mountainous region during the coming days. The Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration has instructed the National Center for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting to continue keeping a close watch on weather conditions to issue warnings in a timely manner, especially the risk of floods and landslides in the region.
The region is set to experience extreme and unpredictable weather from now until the end of the year, requiring local governments to prepare to respond to and minimise damage caused by natural disasters, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường, also deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control.
|A landslide triggered by torrential rains on a road in Trinh Tuong commune of Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, in early July (Photo: VNA)|
Since the beginning of this year, 92 natural disasters have happened, including thunderstorms, whirlwinds, hail and flash floods.
As many as 29 people have been killed and 79 others injured. More than 53,600 houses were collapsed or unroofed and 10,000 hectares of crops were submerged, causing a loss of VND 753 billion (USD 32.5 mllion).
Hanoi weather forecast
|Hanoi weather forecast (Photo: weatheronline.co.uk)|
The extreme heat is predicted to dominate the capital city on July 16, with temperatures hovering around 35-37C, even more than 37C in some places. The temperatures may climb to 36-38C between July 17-19, exceeding 38C in certain areas.
|UV index in Hanoi (Photo: weatheronline.co.uk)|
Weather forecast for northwestern region
Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for some places late afternoon and night from July 16-19. Son La and Hoa Binh provinces will face hot weather, even extreme heat, with temperatures from 35-38C on July 16.
Weather forecast for northeastern region
From July 16-19, showers and thunderstorms hit mountainous provinces late afternoon and night. The delta and mid-land areas will experience hot weather, even extreme heat, with temperatures from 36-39C on July 16.
Weather forecast for provinces from Thanh Hoa to Binh Thuan
Hot weather will dominate the provinces from July 16-19 during daytime, while showers and thunderstorms are forecast for some places late afternoon and night. Temperatures stand at 37-40C in provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue, and 34-37C in provinces from Da Nang to Binh Thuan, on July 16.
|Da Nang weather forecast (Photo: weatheronline.co.uk)|
|UV index in Da Nang city (Photo: weatheronline.co.uk)|
Weather forecast for southern region
Rains will hit the region, including Ho Chi Minh City, on July 16-17, and July 20-22. The highest temperatures range from 32-35 on July 16.
|HCM City weather forecast (Photo: weatheronline.co.uk)|
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