Frost covers mountain peaks as cold wave hits northern and central Vietnam

A cold wave that hit Vietnam’s northern mountainous regions on Monday is forecast to increase in intensity and spread south, according to the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting (NCHMF). On Tuesday morning, the center recorded temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in 21 of Vietnam’s provinces and municipalities, and the average temperatures in northern provinces dropped by over 10°C (18°F). Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province was the earliest to be hit by the cold wave, with temperature dropping to -0.3°C, the lowest to be recorded this winter in the country. Trees and plants at heights of over 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above the sea level on the mountain were all covered in frost. “When I look at the 1,500-meter tall father mountain and the 1,400-meter tall mother mountain from the tourism zone, they’re both white with frost,” said Hoang Huy from the Mau Son tourism zone’s management board. In other northern mountainous provinces such as Ha Giang, Vinh Phuc, Lao Cai and Son La, the temperatures dropped to 3-5°C. Meanwhile the Red River Delta, including Hanoi, recorded temperatures of as low as 9-11°C. Temperatures also dropped significantly in north central provinces, with weather stations in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces recording values of only 11-15°C. The cold wave also reached central and south central provinces on Tuesday, bringing rain to the region. Da Nang recorded temperatures of 18-25°C while Binh Thuan, the southernmost central province, recorded values between 21-30°C. The average temperatures in… [Read full story]

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