North experiences another heat wave
  • By Nguyen Duong | dtinews.vn | May 14, 2018 07:53 PM
The northern and central region experienced a heat wave from today, May 14, with the hot weather set to continue until the weekend.


Heat wave hits the north

Hoang Phuc Lam, head of the meteorological forecasting department at the national Centre for Hydro-meteorology Forecasting, said another heat wave has hit the north and central region due to the circulation of the low-pressure zone and dry and hot wind from the west. The weather will start cooling down from May 20 in the north and May 21 in the central region. Rains and thunderstorms are predicted for next weeks, starting from May 24.

"Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Hanoi and the mountainous areas from Thanh Hoa to Phu Yen provinces may have the highest temperatures of 37 to 38 degrees. The average temperatures in other locations are 35 to 37 degrees," Lam said.

The heat wave in the early May is the first wide-spread heat wave in the north, much later than previous years that often had the first wide-spread heat wave in April. For example, the temperature in Hanoi on April 11, 2016, was 39 degrees.

Hot weather has come late this year because there was more rain in April compared to previous years. About 100-140mm of rainfall was dumped in Hanoi in April, which is higher than the 70-90mm of rainfall in previous years. Rainfall in Nghe An Province was 100-150mm, 50-70mm higher than previous years. According to Lam, there was more rain because cold air helped to keep the temperatures below 32 degrees and caused rains.

"The highest temperatures will come in May, June and July. From late July, the temperature will be much cooler because of more rains and thunderstorms," he said.

The highest temperatures in the north may reach 39 degrees. Several locations such as Son La or Hoa Binh provinces may have the highest temperature of 40 degrees. The central region is much hotter with average temperatures of 39 to 40 degrees and some places may have the temperatures as high as 41 to 42 degrees.

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