|Northern cities and provinces will experience the strongest cold spell since the onset of winter beginning yesterday evening, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. — Photo tienphong.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Northern cities and provinces will experience the strongest cold spell since the onset of winter beginning yesterday evening, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
Temperatures will sink to below 10 degrees Celsius in low-land areas and below 6 degrees in mountainous regions today.
Several mountainous areas such as Mau Son of Lang Son Province and Sa Pa of Lao Cai Province could experience temperatures of negative 6 degrees, along with frost and sleet.
Experts predict that frost will appear in many northern areas from the night of January 22 to January 25.
Ha Noi is expecting to record incessant rain during these days, with low temperatures between 6 and 8 degrees on January 26.
Bone-chilling cold will also be felt in central provinces when the cold spell moves to this region and triggers heavy rains later today.
Luu Minh Hai, director of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, said the cold spell would be more severe than those of previous years.
"The temperature will likely drop to negative three degrees, while the cold spells in the past two years were only negative one degree," he said.
"Frost will likely appear in Bat Xat, Muong Khuong and Y Ti districts in Lao Cai Province," he added.
Yesterday, Lao Cai Province's authority sent an urgent message to districts and communes to quickly take measures to deal with the strongest cold front of the year.
Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the department has directly guided local people to cover their crops and stop all planting activities. Local people were advised to keep their cattle in cages, keep them warm and supply them with enough food.
The cold spell is likely to cause strong winds and rough seas in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf and waters off the central and southern coast, including areas near Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, the forecasting centre said.
The lowest temperature in the areas of HCM City and the southern region is predicted to drop to 17-18 degrees Celsius because of the influence of ongoing cold fronts hitting the northern region of Viet Nam, the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Centre reported. — VNS