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Cold spell in north, heavy rain in central region

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The National Weather and Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center today, November 11, predicted a cold snap in northern Vietnam and heavy rain in central Vietnam starting from November 12.

On the afternoon of November 12, a cold air mass will enter the northeastern area. At night,  the cold weather will reach the northwestern and north-central regions.

While the mainland will suffer level-3 northeast winds, coastal winds may reach levels 4 and 5, occasionally gusting to level 6-7.

Temperatures in northern Vietnam are forecast to drop significantly, especially in mountainous areas.

During this cold spell, northern and north-central Vietnam will see temperatures falling to 15-18 degrees Celsius, and in mountainous areas in northern Vietnam, temperatures would be as low as 12-15 degrees Celsius, and even below 11 degrees Celsius in some high-altitude regions.

Due to the influence of the cold air mass, the northern region could expect sparse rain and thunderstorms from the afternoon of November 12 to November 13, with local rainfall of 15mm to 30mm and some areas receiving over 50mm.

Moving further south, areas from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh will have moderate to heavy rainfall, with some areas experiencing 50-100mm. In Ha Tinh, precipitation could reach 70-120mm, and in some isolated areas, it might exceed 170mm.

From the evening of November 13 until November 14, Ha Tinh could expect moderate to heavy rainfall, with some areas facing downpours, ranging from 50-100mm, and possibly above 120mm in some areas.

Between the early morning of November 13 and November 17, areas from Quang Binh to Phu Yen should prepare for substantial rainfall, with some areas experiencing downpours, ranging from 200-500mm, and certain regions seeing over 700mm.

Phung Tien Dung, head of the Hydrological Forecasting Department under the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, warned of potential flooding in the rivers from Quang Binh to Phu Yen due to heavy rain, which could lead to floods in these regions, with some rivers reaching alert levels 1 to 2, and some even exceeding alert level 2.

Low-lying areas along rivers and urban areas in the provinces from Quang Binh to Phu Yen are prone to landslides in mountainous areas, flash floods, and local flooding, he added.

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