A woman drives her daughter on the motorbike under the intensive sunlight on April 22.



This summer, some parts across Vietnam would experience unbelievable mercury climbing up to 39-42 degree Celsius, and the temperatures at some points may hit record highs, said Nguyen Van Huong, head of the Weather Forecast Office under the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

Since the start of this week, the scorching heat wave blanketed the Northwest region, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces as well as a large area spanning from Danang city to Khanh Hoa, with the temperature hitting 35- 38 degrees Celsius in the midst of the day. The figure for the regions remained almost unchanged the day after due to the Foehn effect, VnExpress cited Huong as saying.

Meanwhile, the blazing hot temperatures of the Northwest and mountainous areas in the Central region may last until April 27, he predicted.

People are warned of preventing probably fire in residential areas as well as wildfire and recommended to avoid outdoor activities from 11 am to 4 pm, drink enough water and proper diet to enhance the immune system.

According to Huong, this summer heat wave also saw the intensive temperature particularly in the Hanoi, which recorded at approximately 39 degree Celsius on April 20. The Central region also experiences blistering heat with the temperatures soaring to 42 degrees in Tuong Duong (Nghe An province) and 43 degrees in Huong Khe (Ha Tinh Province), higher than the record of 41.4 degrees in 2007.

Meanwhile, the South of Vietnam is expected to suffer from sizzling hot weather for many days. The ultraviolet index in Ho Chi Minh City will remain at the dangerous levels of 11 and 12, posing a high risk of skin damage, including skin cancer, for people exposed under the sun for a long time.

The city may suffer the sweltering temperatures at an average of 35-38 degrees in the dry season, which is 0.5 to 1 degree higher than the average temperature many years before, causing the possibility of rainfall shortage in the mid-May. Hanoitimes