HA NOI — The heat will not be as cruel this summer as in previous years, but more storms are expected, according to Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Central Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre.
|Residents in Ha Noi flock to electronics shops to buy fans to resist the summer heat. However, temperatures this summer are forecast to be lower than in previous years. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Thao
The meteorologist said the north and the centre of the country would still experience hot spells, but they would be shorter than in the past few summers.
"It is unlikely that the temperature will reach the record 42-43 degrees Celsius in the north and Ha Noi that we experienced in 2010," he said.
Temperatures in the north and northern centre would be lower as a result of La Nina, an ocean-atmospheric phenomenon that reduced the Eastern Central Pacific Ocean sea surface temperature by 3-5 degrees, according to Hai.
The weather in the region is expected to cool tonight, putting an end to the first hot spell of the year.
Temperatures are forecast to reduce by 5-10 degrees Celsius. Over the past few days, temperatures have reached 30-33 degrees in the northern delta, 35-37 degree in the highlands and even 36-38 degree in the coastal provinces between Thanh Hoa and Thua Thien-Hue.
Meanwhile, HCM City and the south-east, which includes Dong Nai, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh, have experienced an early hot summer with temperatures up to 35-37 degree during the day, but no hotter than in previous years.
Deputy director of the Southern Hydro-meteorological Centre Nguyen Minh Giam said the hot spell would last until the end of May before the rainy season started, but the heat would ease a little next week thanks to heavy showers.
However, this stormy season is predicted by meteorologists to be "abnormal and worrying".
Noticeable extreme climate phenomena, including heavy rain in the non-rainy season, stronger storms and an early and longer stormy season were forecast for this year, said Hai.
Typhoon Pakhar hit the south at the end of March, the earliest typhoon on record.
Around 6-7 tropical storms are expected to make landfall in Viet Nam this year.
"Climate change is causing extreme climate phenomena across the globe, which makes old folk methods for forecasting the weather no longer correct," said Hai. "Weather forecasts should be taken note of to avoid losses caused by typhoons, heavy floods and landslides, particularly in the north, the centre and the Central Highlands."—VNS