Frost appears in -0.5C in Lang Son, extreme cold to prevail across the North until next week

Sunday, 2018-12-30 07:58:00
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Frost appears at a height of 1,500m in -0.5C in Mau Son peak, Lang Son province on early December 30, 2018. (Photo: NDO/Hung Trang)
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NDO – Temperatures dropped to minus 0.5C in Mau Son tourism complex in Loc Binh district, Lang Son province at 7am on the morning of December 30, causing ice to appear on the peaks higher than 1,500m.

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This is the strongest cold wave to have hit the northern region since the beginning of this year’s winter.

Currently, the cold air is still intensifying, making the temperature in other localities in Lang Son decrease by 4 to 6C, accompanied by rains, with rainfall from 2 to 4mm.

The cold air also caused rains in Lao Cai province yesterday, while the temperature plummeted to 15.1C in Lao Cai city, 10.6C in Bac Ha town and 7.3C in the famous tourist town of Sa Pa. Travellers have started flocking to Sa Pa in the hope of seeing snow fall amidst the extreme cold weather in recent days, causing accommodation to overload.

Pictures of frost in Mau Son. (Photo: NDO/Hung Trang)

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), the increased cold air has affected the North and Central regions, with the average temperature ranging from 8 to 11C, even below 3C in high mountains areas.

The damaging cold weather is likely to last until late next week. High mountainous areas in the North are likely to experience snow and frost.

The national service said that after the current cold spell, there will still be several short-lasting spells in the coming days towards the Lunar New Year, combined with several sunny days that will help increase the average temperature in the northern localities.

Local authorities in Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Son La and Lang Son have warned farmers to take measures to protect their cattle and crops against the damaging cold weather.

Locals in Bac Kan province take measures to keep their cattle warm against the extreme cold. (Photo: NDO/Tuan Son)

Meanwhile, localities in the Central, Central Highlands and Southern regions have suffered from heavy rains in recent days, with rainfall ranging from 43-80mm.

Floods occurred in Phu Yen province, inundating several residential areas in Son Hoa, Song Hinh and Dong Xuan districts. Flooding also halted traffic from Tuy An to Dong Xuan district, while inundating over 420 ha of winter-spring sowed rice for several days.

In Khanh Hoa province, heavy rains blocked several roads leading to Cam Ranh airport in Nha Trang city. Local authorities have relocated hundreds of households at high risk of landslides in the city’s Phuoc Dong commune to safe places.

Prolonged heavy rains have flooded roads in Tuy An district, Phu Yen province. (Photo: NDO/Van Thanh)

Heavy rains cause flooding in Phu Yen province. (Photo: NDO/Trinh Ke)

Heavy rains are likely to last in the central localities for the next few days. Provinces from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan are warned of the risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas, as well as flooding in low-lying and urban areas.

Amidst the cold weather in the North and rains and flooding in Central Vietnam, the reported tropical depression off Palawan Island (the Philippines) is heading quickly southwestward toward Vietnam’s East Sea, at a speed of 15-20km/h.

The projected location and direction of the tropical depression. (Photo:

At 7 am on December 30, its position was roughly 230 km east of Palawan with the strongest wind blowing at 40-50 km/h. It is forecast that, in the next 24 hours, the tropical depressions will move westward at 15-20 km/h and enter the East Sea. At 7 am on December 31, its position will be about 450 km east of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, packing wind at 40-50 km/h.

In the next 48 to 72 hours, the tropical depression is likely to strengthen into a storm. By 7 am on January 2, the storm is forecast at about 300 km south of Con Dao Island, with the strongest wind at 60-75 km/h.