According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, regions across Vietnam experienced exceptionally hot weather on May 4 with the temperature in some areas exceeding 37 degrees Celsius.
Southern regions were also severely hot, ranging from 26 to 37 degrees Celsius.
Health experts recommended people limit going out during the day from 11:00 to 14:00 and should drink sufficient water during the hot weather.
Vietnam Records Highest Ever Temperature Of 44.1C
Vietnam reported a record-high temperature of 44.1C (111.38F), as weather experts and authorities told the population to remain indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
Scientists have said global warming is aggravating adverse weather. Neighboring countries registered record temperatures during a heatwave in Asia in April.
Vietnam’s record was measured indoors at Hoi Xuan station in northern Thanh Hoa province on Saturday, the National Centre for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting said, breaking the 2019 record of 43.4C.
Nguyen Thi Lan, a farmer, said temperatures in the central city of Danang had forced workers to start their days earlier than ever. “We have had to finish before 10am to avoid the heat,” she said.
Vietnam’s weather varies from north to south, but the country is now entering its hottest summer months.
“This is a worrying record in the context of climate change and global warming,” Nguyen Ngoc Huy, a climate change expert, said from the capital, Hanoi. “I believe this record will be repeated many times. It confirms that extreme climate models are being proven to be true.”
Danang officials have asked Vietnam’s industry and electricity ministries to “cooperate to effectively deal with the heat, possible drought and lack of water,” according to state media.
Officials have also told the city’s water supply company to ensure there are adequate supplies of water for domestic use.
On Saturday, Hanoi city center was almost empty at midday as many people remained indoors to avoid the sun.
Vietnam usually endures a hot period before the rainy season, but the intensity of the heat has exceeded previous records.
A Turn For The Worst
Just 4 days later, downpours, whirlwinds, and hail damaged and tore the roofs of over 1,000 houses in northern and central Vietnam on Monday, leaving one person in north-central Quang Binh Province and another in neighboring Quang Tri Province missing along with one in Quang Tri dead.
Several areas in northern and central Vietnam experienced heavy rain of over 100 millimeters on the 9th of May, with some places recording up to 155 millimeters.