The East Sea's annual storm season will have its latest start in the last century this year, but
that doesn't mean fewer storms will hit Vietnam in 2010, the national weather forecast center said Monday.
In fact, the country will be affected by more storms than in recent years, with between five six storms to come, Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), told a meeting the same day.
The East Sea stormy season usually starts in May and lasts through July, but no tropical lows or storms have been recorded so far this year the official said.
As the season began late, it will last untill the end of the year, and tropical lows and storms will be as frequent and complicated as usual, according to Tang.
Northern and central Vietnam will see torrential rains as well as major floods near several rivers, he said.
Extremely hot weather and droughts will also continue to in many other areas this year, NCHMF reported.
Critically low levels of rainfall have been reported across the country this year, according the center, adding that over the past six months, only four medium rains with rainfall of between 30-100 millimeters have hit Vietnam.