Several heat waves resulting in droughts and water shortages will hit northern and central Vietnam between May and October, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Hoang Duc Cuong, the center’s director, was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying the average temperature of the country would be one degree Celsius higher this year.
But while the heat waves would last long, the weather is unlikely to be as unpleasant as last year, he added.
Earlier this month a heat wave took temperatures in the central region to around 40 degrees Celsius and in the northern region to 39 degrees.
The center also forecast flash floods and landslides in the northern mountains and drought in the Central Highlands and south-central regions.
An estimated nine tropical storms would blow over the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) this year, fewer than the average number of 12 in previous years, the center said.
Three or four would make landfall in Vietnam, it added.