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Thunderstorms drench north, heatwave grips south

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – Thunderstorms have swept through northern Vietnam today, bringing heavy rainfall to the region, while scorching temperatures persist in the central and southern areas.

The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported rain and thunderstorms across northern provinces since early this morning, with localized heavy rainfall exceeding 50mm in some areas.

Forecasting into the evening and night, scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue in the northern and north-central regions, accompanied by localized heavy rainfall ranging from 15-30mm.

The thunderstorms pose potential hazards, including tornadoes, lightning, hail, and strong winds. Flash floods in rivers, landslides on slopes, and inundation in low-lying areas are also likely, leading to a level 1 natural disaster risk warning.

From May 3 to 11, intermittent rain and thunderstorms are forecasted for the northern and north-central regions, while the northwest area may experience widespread hot weather starting from May 4. Meanwhile, in the central, Central Highlands, and southern regions, scorching temperatures have persisted.

Provinces from Quang Binh to Phu Yen have recorded temperatures ranging from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius, with some areas exceeding 39 degrees Celsius. Similarly, southern provinces are facing relentless heat, with temperatures reaching 35 to 38 degrees Celsius and even 39 degrees Celsius in some areas.

In the Central Highlands, temperatures range from 35 to 36 degrees Celsius, with some areas exceeding 37 degrees Celsius.

Warnings indicate that the heatwave in the central and southern regions may continue, while temperatures in the Central Highlands and southern regions are expected to gradually decrease from May 4 onwards.

The National Center for Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting warns of more frequent nationwide heatwaves in May 2024, with average temperatures expected to be 1.5 to 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than the multi-year average for the same period.

Residents are advised to stay vigilant against hazardous weather phenomena, particularly during the afternoon and evening hours.

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