Vietnam’s northern region continues to bake in extreme heat

Friday, 2019-06-28 10:28:59
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Motorbike users in Hanoi are fully covered in the blistering heat.
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NDO - Northern Vietnam is forecast to continue sweltering in the blistering heat over the next several days, with the mercury expected to rise over 40C in several locations due to an expanding hot low-pressure area.

The national weather service said the number of hours in a day with temperatures of over 35C will be between 10 and 18.

The extreme weather is expected to ease off in the northern region, including the capital, Hanoi, in the next 1-2 days while the temperatures will not drop in central provinces for 2-3 days.

The weather agency has warned of heightened risks of fires and explosions in residential areas due to a spike in electricity use as well as forest fires in central provinces.

It also cautioned the people in affected areas of the health risks, such as dehydration, exhaustion and stroke, due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures.

The UV index in Hanoi could reach as high as 9, meaning a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.