Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A tropical depression is forming and heading for the East Sea tomorrow afternoon, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).
From today until December 31, floods may occur at rivers between Thừa Thiên – Huế and Khánh Hoà provinces, with water levels in small rivers reaching alert level two. Low-lying and urban regions stretching from Quảng Bình to Khánh Hoà may suffer flashfloods and landslides.
Yesterday evening, the system was located some 340 kilometres southeast of central coastal areas of the Philippines, with strong winds moving at 50-60 kilometres per hour and gusting at level nine.
As of 7pm tomorrow, the tropical depression may move west-northwest, at 15-20 kilometres per hour, packing gale-force winds. It will then move westward late on December 30, entering the East Sea and probably strengthening into a storm, at alert level three. It is expected to hit southern Việt Nam.
Strong winds are forecast out at sea, triggered by cold air masses. In the Tonkin Gulf and the northern East Sea, northeastern winds may strengthen to level seven, causing rough seas. The northeasterly wind will also blow strongly in coastal areas in the central and southern regions.
A cold spell hit many parts of the northern and north-central regions early today, and is expected to last a week, possibly causing sleet in the northern highlands. It may be the most extreme cold spell seen over the past decade.
Trần Quang Năng, head of the Weather Forecast Division at NCHF, said yesterday that the northern midland and mountainous region was the first place to experience the strong cold spell, along with medium to heavy rain.
Năng noted the cold spell will likely intensify on December 29 and 30, with temperatures dipping sharply. During these two days, the temperature in the provinces of the Northern Delta may fall to 8-11 degrees Celsius, while the mountainous regions will suffer very cold weather as low as 4-7 degrees Celsius, or even lower than 3 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes.
The cold spell may trigger frost and sleet in the northern mountainous areas during the coming two days.
The cold weather will impact the daily activities of local residents, especially those living in the mountainous and midland areas. People are advised to take extra steps to stay warm during the coming days.
As for the agriculture sector, Năng said farmers should adopt preventive measures to minimise the impact on plants and animals.
In Hà Nội, the temperature may plummet this weekend to lower than 10 degrees Celsius, accompanied by torrential rain. Meanwhile, heavy downpours may appear in the central coastal city of Đà Nẵng.
Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for HCM City in the next three days, after which the rainfall will reduce. — VNS