Vietnam’s northern, central provinces hit by heat wave

Tuesday, 2018-05-15 11:25:49
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The temperatures could reach over 38C in some areas.
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NDO - The first heat wave of 2018, with highest temperatures recorded at 35-37C, is spreading to provinces and cities in the northern and central regions, the national weather service has stated.

The mercury could reach over 38C in some areas, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has forecast.

The heat wave is the result of a phenomenon known as foehn caused by a low pressure expanding eastwards and southwest winds.

In the capital Hanoi, the highest temperatures hit 36C on May 15, up 2C from the previous day, and will rise to 37C the next day, remaining until May 20.

The heat wave, which has arrived late compared with previous years, is forecast to let up after May 20 in the northern region and after May 21 in the central region.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms, coupled with whirlwinds and strong gusts, are expected in the late afternoon and evenings after a day of hot weather.