A cold snap that entered northern Vietnam Sunday night is bringing cold weather to the area, with the temperature in Lao Cai Province’s Sa Pa District falling to seven degrees Celsius, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
The cold front arrived a day after tropical storm Sinlaku battered Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces in south-central Vietnam Saturday, collapsing nearly 100 houses but causing no casualties.
The cold snap is strong and will impact weather all week, the center said.
The northern region saw scattered rain last night, while the temperature in many northern provinces, such as Lao Cai and Lang Son, was 7-8 degrees lower than on Sunday.
In the days to come, Sa Pa will experience bitter cold of 7 degrees. Early this year, when a biting cold was covering northern provinces, the temperature in Sa Pa dropped to zero degree Celsius on early morning of February 19 and snow fell there .
Since yesterday, Hanoi has felt the temperature changes later than these provinces since it is farther south.
At 10 am this morning the low temperature in Hanoi was 21 degrees, but on Tuesday, it will likely drop to 17 degrees, while Son La may see colder weather, at 13 degrees.
The cold snap is moving south towards central Vietnam and will bring rain to the region beginning today, December 1. Particularly, the region from Ha Tinh to Binh Dinh Provinces will suffer from torrential rains and thunderstorms.
Notably, the high temperature in the central city of Vinh was rather high today, at 23 degrees, but it will drop sharply on Tuesday to only 21 degrees.
Meanwhile, the southern region will be cloudy during the coming days and it will be cold in the morning and at night. It will be foggy in the early morning, with reduced visibility.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the high and low temperatures on Tuesday will be 32 and 24 degrees, and on the next day a bit lower, at 31 and 23 degrees.
Thanks to the heavy rains caused by the current cold snap many rivers in the region began to rise on Monday, the center warned.
Rising river water may flood low-lying and coastal areas in central provinces and cause flashfloods and landslides in mountainous regions, it said.