Northern region suffers the first major hot spell this summer

Jun 01, 2017 | 02:59 PM GMT+7

Northern provinces are suffering the first major heat spell of summer 2017, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius.

Northern region suffers the first major hot spell this summer
People in Ha Noi cover up to cope with the ongoing heat spell that hits the north and some central regions. Summer heat is being blamed for a higher number of people suffering from respiratory, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. – Photo

The Central Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre experts said hot weather occurred Wednesday on a large scale in the north and provinces from Thanh Hoa to the central coastal province of Phu Yen, with the highest temperature ranging from 35 to 37 degrees Celsius.

Ha Noi is also suffering hot weather with temperature from 35-36 degrees, and northern-western provinces of over 36 degrees.

On Thursday, the hot weather will become harsher, with some areas being predicted to reach over 40 degrees. The hot spell is forecasted to last until June 5 (next Monday), due to the influence of low air pressure in the west.

In the last two days, hot weather in the western lowland developed, the whole northern region was hot in the afternoon with a temperature of 34-35 degrees. It was over 36 degrees in some areas such as Muong La in the northern mountainous province of Son La.

Doctors warn that hot spells would threaten people’s health, especially children and the elderly, and labourers working outdoors must take appropriate measures. They advise that adults should keep children in airy homes during hot days, avoid bathing in the sea from 10am-4pm, vaccinate fully and maintain a clean living area.

A Bach Mai Hospital doctor in Ha Noi said patients suffering high blood pressure should take daily medicine under doctor’s guidance as a precaution against strokes. According to him, in hot periods, Viet Nam National Heart Institute under the Bach Mai Hospital, usually receives more patients than on normal days.