A heat wave that began broiling Vietnam's northern and central regions in May is likely to last until the end of September, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted the national hydro-meteorology forecast center as saying.
The annual rainfall in central provinces, including Ninh Thuan, will be lower than previous years, and water shortage and drought there will also last until mid September. Photo: Thien Nhan
The center said the average temperature measured at 20 locations in the regions was the highest since 1966.
The mercury surged to 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on May 30 in the central province of Quang Tri, which is above the record of 41.7 degrees set in 1983.
Between June and August, the average temperature will be 0.5-1 degree Celsius higher than the same period in previous years, the center forecast.
It said the annual rainfall in central provinces will be lower than previous years, and water shortage and drought in the region, especially in south-central provinces, will also last until mid September.
In the south, the average temperature in May was also 0.6-1.8 degrees Celsius higher than previous years.
The rainfall was also lower than previous years, causing the hot and muggy weather.