Snow in Sapa, Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Northern Vietnam will experience the strongest cold spell since the onset of winter from January 22, said the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Temperatures will sink to 13 degrees Celsius in low-land areas and below 7 degrees in mountainous regions on January 23.

Several mountainous areas such as Mau Son of Lang Son province and Sapa of Lao Cai province could suffer from temperatures of negative 6 degrees, along with frost and sleet.

Experts predict frost will appear in many northern areas from the night of January 22 to January 25.

Hanoi will record incessant rain during these days, with lows between 6 and 8 degrees on January 26.

Bone-chilling cold will also be felt in central provinces when the cold spell moves to this region and triggers heavy rains late on January 23.

Meanwhile, the spell is likely to cause strong winds and rough seas in the Tonkin Gulf and waters off the central and southern coast, including areas near Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, the forecasting centre said.-VNA