|Residents in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak take advantage of all water sources to fight drought. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HA NOI (VNS) — The central region and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) would suffer more severe droughts and water shortages this year compared to 2015, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has warned.
Rivers' levels in the regions are forecast to be 50–80 per cent lower than average during the dry season from now to May, and record-lows are a possibility in many rivers.
Meanwhile, water shortages are likely to occur in some northern localities, particularly in mountainous and midland areas.
The centre said the latest El Nino phenomenon, which started in 2014, had continued through 2015 well into 2016 and would abate in early summer. Due to its impacts, fewer storms and tropical depressions will occur in the East Sea and the average rainfall will be 25 – 50 per cent less than in previous years, especially in the central region, during the first half of 2016.
Temperatures in northern localities during the period will be 0.5 – 1 degrees Celsius warmer than the traditional average, while those recorded in the south will be 1 – 1.5 degrees Celsius higher, he said. The heat wave is expected to come earlier than usual in the northwest, central and southern regions.
Cold spell hits north
A cold spell hit the northern region early yesterday, bringing down the temperature to 14 degrees Celsius in Ha Noi and to 3 to 6 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecast said the temperature would fall to 4 to 6 degrees Celsius in Sa Pa Town in the northern mountainous Lao Cai Province. The temperature will drop to 3 to 5 degrees Celsius, especially in Mau Son in the northern mountainous Lang Son Province.
The central-northern and northern provinces will experience significant cold weather, accompanied by some light rain. The cold weather will last two days. Another cold spell is expected to hit the north this weekend, affecting the north-eastern provinces. — VNS