The Hanoitimes - A severe heat wave in the northern and central regions of Vietnam over the past days will continue until July 5 and cause disorder and troubles to locals, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) said.
The Foehn wind, caused by impact of the southeastern edge of the western hot low-pressure area, will continue causing hot weather across the northern region, with temperatures ranging from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius, and even higher in some places, on July 2.
Meanwhile, the wind will send the mercury to as high as 40 degrees or even higher in central provinces.
Scorching heat continues in northern, central regions of Vietnam
The extreme hit has caused life of people in the affected regions to change considerably and send power consumption soaring.
According to the National Electricity Regulatory Center, over the past few days, intense heat in the northern and central regions has led to record high electricity consumption.
A record of nearly 711 million kWh, up by 69 million kWh, was comsumed nationwide on July 1, compared to the peak of 642 million kWh recorded in 2017. The increase of 69 million kWh is equivalent to the consumption of about 4 provinces in the north.
Besides high electricity consumption of the country, electricity consumption in the northern and central regions also soared due to the hot weather in recent days.
The peak load capacity of the northern power system has been 16004 MW, the consumption of the north has also reached 339 million kWh, up about 9% from the peak of 2017.
More extreme weather phenomena on the horizon
Also in July, one or two storms or tropical depressions are forecast in the East Sea, threatening to affect the mainland in the later half of the month.
About two or three other hot spells will affect the northern and central regions this month, but they will not last long or be too harsh, said the NCHMF.
The center also warned of downpours and a high risk of flash floods and landslides in vulnerable areas in northern mountainous areas, as July is the peak of the raining season in the north.
Widespread rains are also likely to occur in the central, Central Highlands and southern regions this month.