Storm number 1 heading towards the Gulf of Tonkin

19 July 23: Storm number 1 heading towards the Gulf of Tonkin

According to the National Meteorological and Hydrological Forecast Center, as of 4 a.m. on July 16th, the center of Storm number 1 is approximately 710km to the East-Southeast of Lôi Châu Peninsula (China).

Over the next 72 to 96 hours, the storm is expected to move predominantly in a West-Northwest direction, at a speed of 15km per hour, and continue to weaken.

In the northern part of the North of the East Sea (Gulf of Tonkin), there are strong winds at level 7, near the center of the storm, the winds are at level 9, and they may increase to level 10-11, with gusts up to level 14. The sea will be very rough, experiencing strong waves.

In the northern area of the North of the East Sea (Gulf of Tonkin), the waves are expected to be between 5-7 meters high.

Due to the influence of the low-pressure system combined with the activities of the Southwest monsoon, on July 16th, both day and night, the North of the East Sea (including the Paracel Islands) will experience stormy rain. The central and southern parts of the East Sea (including both the Spratly Islands and the waters from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau, and Ca Mau to Kien Giang, and the Gulf of Thailand) will encounter rain and strong thunderstorms. Tornadoes and strong gusts of wind may occur during the thunderstorms.

On July 17th, in the northern part of the North of the East Sea, there will be strong winds at level 11-12, with gusts at level 15, and the waves will be 6-8 meters high, causing very rough sea conditions. In the southern part of the North of the East Sea, as well as the central and southern areas of the East Sea (including both the Paracel and Spratly Islands), and the waters from Ninh Thuan to Ca Mau, there will be strong Southwest winds at level 6, occasionally reaching level 7, with gusts at level 8-9. The waves are expected to be between 2.5-5 meters high, resulting in rough seas.

The Central Highlands and Southern regions will experience light to heavy rain and thunderstorms, with some areas receiving very heavy rainfall, ranging from 60-120mm, and in some places, it may exceed 150mm. The heavy rain is expected to be concentrated in the afternoon and evening.

The heavy rainfall in the Central Highlands and Southern regions is likely to persist for several days.

During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas and flooding in low-lying and vulnerable areas. The urban areas should be cautious of heavy and intense rainfall that could lead to urban flooding. Thunderstorms may also bring about lightning, strong winds, hail, and heavy rainfall.

Weather forecast for different regions across the country:

1. Hanoi and surrounding areas: Cloudy with hot weather during the day. In the afternoon and evening, there will be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some places. Light winds are expected. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 27-29°C, while maximum temperatures will be around 34-36°C, with some areas exceeding 36°C.

2. Northwestern provinces: Cloudy with hot weather during the day. Some areas may experience severe heat. In the afternoon and evening, there will be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some places. Light winds are expected. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, hail, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 25-28°C, and in some places, it may drop below 24°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 34-36°C, with some areas exceeding 37°C.

3. Northeastern provinces: Cloudy with hot weather during the day. Some areas may experience severe heat. In the afternoon and evening, there will be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some places. Northwest to west winds at level 2-3. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, hail, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 26-29°C, and in mountainous areas, it may drop below 26°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 34-36°C, with some areas exceeding 37°C.

4. Central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien – Hue: Cloudy with hot weather during the day. In the afternoon and evening, there will be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some places. Northwest to west winds at level 2-3. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 26-29°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 35-38°C, with some areas exceeding 38°C.

5. Provinces and cities from Da Nang to Binh Thuan: Cloudy with sunny days. In the northern part, there will be hot and sunny weather. In the afternoon and evening, there will be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, while in the southern part, there will be occasional evening rain showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds at level 2-3. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, and hail. Minimum temperatures will range from 26-29°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 35-38°C in the northern part and 31-34°C in the southern part, with some areas exceeding 34°C.

6. Central Highlands: Cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some areas. In the afternoon and evening, there will be moderate to heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms. Southwest winds at level 2-3. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 20-23°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 26-29°C.

7. Southern regions: Cloudy with rain showers and thunderstorms in some places. In the afternoon and evening, there will be moderate to heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms. Southwest winds at level 2-3. During thunderstorms, there is a possibility of lightning, strong winds, and gusts. Minimum temperatures will range from 24-27°C. Maximum temperatures will be around 30-33°C, with some areas exceeding 33°C.

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