Meteorological effects caused by El-Nino are very likely to occur from now until May in the Central Region of Viet Nam, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center and other international forecasters.
In some regions, it is predicted that average temperatures in the next three months will be higher by up to 1.5oC than those recorded for the period 1971-2000. While recent weather patterns have not been overly alarming, there are signs of drought, including a marked decrease in rainfall in the west Pacific, including Southeast Asia.
According to the National Forecast Centre, rainfall in the central region during November 2006 dropped by 50-75% over the same period last year and in the first 20 days of December dropped by 70-90% in the north, 40-70% in the south central area and 50-100% in the central region.
The center also said that shortages of water and drought may occur on a broad scale, most seriously in the southern part of the central region and in the Central Highlands and warned residents in these areas to be vigilant against drought.