A cold front is heading towards the northern region of Vietnam and likely to hit by nightfall of September 27, according to Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.
The cold front will change conditions in the northern region to clear and sunny skies during daytime, cold temperatures at nighttime and foggy in early mornings. Rainfall in the central region is expected to increase during this period.
Earlier on September 13-14, a strong cold front moved into the northern region and dropped temperatures to as low as 17 degrees Celsius.
Mr. Hai said that the cold front has come rather early this year compared to previous years.
Three more cold fronts are expected to roll into the northern region in October.
In addition, Mr. Hai said that super typhoon ‘Jelawat’ is likely to change course and move away from the East Sea and head towards the north.
The typhoon generated wind gales of level 15-16 at 167-201 kilometers an hour on Wednesday and may lessen impact in the East Sea in the next one to two days.
In related news, the Directorate for Roads in Vietnam said that Highway 4D which connects Lao Cai City to Sa Pa District has been completely cut off due to heavy rains on Wednesday.
Torrential rain triggered landslides at several spots along the highway, with one area being totally cut off for any vehicular traffic after a huge boulder rolled down on the road. Workers have been deployed in force to clear the fallen debris and blast larger rocks.