Vietnam experienced multiple widespread, extended spells of cold weather in December, reports Thanh Niên, Ho Chi Minh City’s second largest newspaper.
The National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said that in December, our country had two cold air waves on December 6 and December 16. The following wave of cold air intensified on December 19 and 21, causing a severe and widespread cold spell for more than a week in the North.
Another cold front settled in from December 24 through the 27. Each of these periods of cold weather brought unusually low temperatures to the tropical country.
“Notably, at Mau Son peak (Lang Son) on December 22, a low temperature of about minus 2.5 degrees Celsius was recorded,” writes Thanh Nien. “This is considered the lowest temperature value in the same period of December since there has been monitoring since 2012.”
Reports indicates temperatures of -0.3℃ were recorded at other mountainous areas in Vietnam. Heavy frost was reported in some areas and the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting says that if the extended cold spells return in January, snow could be expected.