Chilly weather descends upon north for the first time this season.
Winter has well and truly arrived in Hanoi and the north, with temperatures in the capital falling to around 10C on January 22.
Strong winds accompanied by rain made it feel even colder. Most people on the city’s streets were rugged up in thick coats and had donned face masks.
“I normally get up at 5.30 to get ready for the day but this morning I wasn’t up and about until 6 because it was so cold,” said street food vendor at Nghia Tan Market in Cau Giay district.
The cold weather makes life difficult for those who work outdoors, like street vendors and motorbike taxi drivers, who would prefer to work some more hours to save money for the upcoming Tet holiday. Many people lit fires on the street to ward off the cold.
The Hanoi Department of Education and Training sent out official notifications that students could stay home. Under its provisions, when temperatures fall to 10C it’s not necessary for kids to attend school.
While it’s cold in Hanoi it’s a lot colder elsewhere in the north, especially in mountainous areas. At Mau Son Mountain in Lang Son the mercury read -2 C and 0C at Phia Oac Peak in Cao Bang, while Meo Vac in Ha Giang was a ‘balmy’ 4C. The temperature in Sapa was around 8C at 7am but the forecast is for 2C tonight, according the Lao Cai Meteorological Forecasting Agency.
The cold weather is expected to linger in the north until January 27.
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