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Prolonged heat wave scorches southern Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station has warned that an intensifying heat wave is scorching HCMC and other southern provinces, with temperatures far higher than in previous years.

In recent days, daytime temperatures in the region have soared to 36-37 degrees Celsius, with certain areas facing a daily high of 38 degrees Celsius. The heat wave is forecast to persist throughout March and April.

Global hydrometeorological stations have forecast temperatures for the first four months of this year to be 0.7-1.5 degrees Celsius higher than the 10-year average.

The excessively high temperatures have led to widespread fatigue and dehydration, particularly among those who work outdoors.

The heat wave, which is attributed to the El Nino phenomenon and climate change, poses a major risk of drought and saltwater intrusion, according to experts.

As water levels in canals and waterways continue to decline, there is a high possibility of land subsidence and landslides. Residents are advised to exercise caution.

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