After entering the southern part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, the tropical low pressure system has weakened into a low pressure zone as of last night.
By 1am this morning, the low-pressure zone lay centered on 7-8 degrees North latitude and 114-115 degree East longitude.
The strongest winds near the zone have weakened to below level 6 or less than 39 kilometers an hour speed. Within the next 12 hours, the low-pressure zone will slowly move northeastwards.
Continuing to be affected by the cold front, the northern part of East Sea including Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands face strong northeasterly winds, measuring up to level 6-7 at 39-50 kilometers an hour.
In related news, Ho Chi Minh City and the southern region had scattered rainfall as a prelude to the rainy season, which is forecast to begin by the end of April.
The Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center said that rainy weather would continue in the coming days.
Rainfall will mainly occur in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta, the border area of Cambodia and the northern area of the southeast region.
Forecasts predict the rainy season in the southern region will begin by the end of April, about 5-10 days earlier than previous years.