Temperature was measured at 41.1 degrees Celsius inside some meteorological tents in the northern province of Ninh Binh and the central province of Nghe An. The figure for such provinces as Son La, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa were about 40.5 degrees Celsius. In central Hanoi, it was 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The temperature in reality would be 3 or 4 degrees higher if we allow for variables, said Vu Anh Tuan, an official from the national hydro-meteorological forecast centre.
Many local people have sought ways to escape extreme heat.
In Hanoi, a great number of people rushed to supermarkets, cinemas, indoor recreation centres, and green parks to avoid the hot weather. The hypermarket Big C Thang Long was packed with visitors from 9am. The ‘escapees’ included children and their parents. Students also visited the cinema, and ate inside during the daytime. Meanwhile, people from other provinces who came to Hanoi for April 30 and May Day celebrations tended to gather in big parks.
Farmers in Nghe An province did not go to their grain fields until late in the afternoon.
“We are afraid of sunstroke. We only go there in late afternoon to kill weeds and spray pesticides,” said a local farmer.
Most of road users in Nghe An’s Do Luong wore face masks and sunglasses.
Some popular beaches in Nghe An such as Cua Lo, Xuan Thanh, and Thien Cam were full of holidaymakers. Although most appeared on the beach only in early morning or late afternoon.
The central province of Quang Tri, which used to be a hot spot for fighting during the Vietnam War, was nearly scorched by the sun and hot winds from Laos.
In Dong Ha City, local people sought to evade heat by sleeping or drinking along the Hieu river.
Some sellers of ‘bun’ (a type of noodle) and vegetables complained that weather spoiled many of their products.
The same situation also occurred in the former imperial city of Hue.
This hot spell has also led to a surge in the number of hospitalized children in Thanh Hoa province due to respiratory or digestive diseases.
In response to the heat, many Thanh Hoa residents sheltered in forests or near waterfall.