​Two more storms may hit Vietnam this year: pundit

Vietnam, hit by the 14th storm in mid-November, may be affected by up to two more typhoons in the last month of this year, a local weather pundit has said.

Ho Chi Minh City-based weather expert Le Thi Xuan Lan says two more storms are expected to form off the Philippines, one of which may impact the East Vietnam Sea, before the end of 2017.

The rainy and dry seasons in southern Vietnam will have no clear distinction this year, Lan said, adding that downpours are still being recorded in some localities despite the rainy season having ended.

The year’s abnormal weather is a result of the La Nina effect, a weather phenomenon which often begins between March and June but hits heaviest from the end of the year until February of the following year.

During La Nina years, storms are typically more intense than usual. La Nina has the opposite effect of El Nino, a weather phenomenon often associated with severe drought.

Humidity in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday reached 100 percent Wednesday morning, causing mist, chilly weather, and light rain throughout the day, reported Le Dinh Quyet, a weather station official in southern Vietnam. 

A total of 14 storms have hit Vietnam so far this year, with Tropical Storm Kirogi in mid-November being the most recent.

The destructive Typhoon Damrey, this year’s 12th storm, made landfall in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa in late October, claiming hundreds of lives leaving many more missing and injured.

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