After a long hot spell, Vietnam will see temperatures cool over the weekend as showers and thunderstorms are forecast across the country, National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center has said.
|Rains on March 26 helped cool HCMC (file photo)|
Rain is expected to cool the country into next week, with the central, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions expected to see showers beginning March 27 that could last up to four days.
For the northern and southeastern provinces, rain is forecast for March 28-30.
In Ho Chi Minh City, showers are expected in the afternoons for the next few days with temperatures hovering around 25-35 degrees Celsius.
On the afternoon of March 26, some HCMC districts including 5, 6, 11 and Tan Phu saw heavy downpours.
Hoang Minh Giam, deputy director of the Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center, said that besides HCMC, other places in southeastern and Mekong Delta coastal provinces also saw unseasonable rains the same day.
In the Central Highlands, on March 25 and 26, Pleiku City and surrounding districts like Ia Krai, Dak Doa, Chu Prong, Chu Se and Duc Co of Gia Lai Province also experienced rain.
Several streets in the areas were flooded as a result.
For coffee, pepper and rice growers in the region, the showers are long overdue as farmers have been struggling to irrigate their crops in the recent scorching weather.