Hanoians struggling in first heat wave in 2019

Saturday, 2019-04-20 09:43:22
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A woman fully covered driving on Le Duan - Giai Phong route in Hanoi on April 19. (Photo: NDO/Giang Ngoc)
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NDO – The first heat wave of the year has expanded to the whole northern and central regions, with temperature even reaching 41 degrees Celsius in Hanoi on April 19.

>>> Heat wave hits three regions with temperature over 40C

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), the first heat wave of this summer has an average temperature of 35-38C, even over 40C in Muong Lay (Dien Bien province) at 40.2C, Muong La (Son La) 42C, Con Cuong (Nghe An) 40.7C, and Huong Khe (Ha Tinh) 40.6C.

Hot temperatures of over 35C are dangerous, as it causes dehydration and fatigue. Those who work long hours outdoors have been warned to maintain a 5-10 minute break (after 60 minutes of work).

When travelling on roads, people should wear additional clothes and sunscreen masks, while drinking more water and eating additional fruit and vegetables. After a long stay in the heat, they should take a rest and avoid bathing immediately afterwards.

The NCHMF also warns that, on April 20, hot weather will continue to occur in North and Central Vietnam with the highest temperatures of 36-38C, particularly the Northwest and the North Central and Central provinces could be hit with high temperatures from 38-40C or over 40C.

Hanoi’s average temperature for today will be from 36-38C, with the over 35C heat temperature lasting for 14-16 hours.

The extensive heatwaves in the North and Central Vietnam could last until April 22, even longer in the Northwest, Central and Southern regions. Heatwaves in Southern provinces could last until April 24.

Below are several photos captured by Nhan Dan Online of the first heat wave this summer in Hanoi on April 19:

The temperature reached 41C at around 2 pm in Hanoi on Friday.

Shops along Hang Ngang street where businesses raise curtains against the heat.

A man hides under a shadow to avoid the heat on Le Duan street.

Lots of anti-heat-wave styles by traffic participants.

Some roads were less crowded compared to previous days because of the heat wave.

Photo: NDO/Giang Ngoc