Ongoing high temperatures among the most intense ever recorded.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the heat wave hitting the north of the country is the most intense and longest since 2009, with the north-central region recording its hottest spell on record.
There’s no relief in sight in Hanoi or the north-central region this week, though temperatures will be a degree or two down from last week.
“The weather phenomenon warming the Pacific Ocean in recent years, known as El Nino, may be behind the high temperatures,” said Mr. Mai Van Khiem, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, adding that extremely high temperatures to Vietnam's west may also be playing a role.
The elderly and the young have been particularly vulnerable. The heat is also a factor in other sicknesses, with Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital admitting 20 to 30 per cent more sick children since the heat wave started. There have also been cases of encephalitis and meningitis admitted to the National Hospital of Pediatrics.
Many people have headed to swimming pools and even lakes such as West Lake and Linh Dam Lake to try and cool down.
On a lighter note, it seems an egg can be fried directly under the heat in about an hour, while temperatures of motorbike seats have been reported at around 80C.