Frost covers Mau Son mount of Lang Son province  (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Many places in the north of Vietnam are covered in frost due to the longest lasting intense cold spell in two years, said the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Temperatures in northern mountainous provinces have dropped to 0 degree Celsius in Sa Pa of Lao Cai and minus 0.4 degree Celsius in Mau Son of Lang Son province.

Visitors at the snow-covered O Quy Ho pass of Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Meanwhile, Hanoi on January 31 recorded a low temperature of 9.7 degrees Celsius and even lower in the city’s outskirts.

Snowfall occurred not only on Fansipan mountain, Mau Son and Phia Oac but also on the O Quy Ho pass and Bat Xat district of Lao Cai province.

On February 1, the temperature is estimated to be no higher than 16 degrees Celsius in daytime in northern localities and seven degrees in mountainous areas.

People in Hanoi sit near the fire to keep warm (Photo: VNA)

The cold areas extended to the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, with temperatures in the north central province of Thanh Hoa below 13 degrees Celsius.

A cold wave which hit the northern region on January 28 has lowered temperatures in northern and northern central localities. The cold snap is expected to last for 10 days.

Another intense cold spell hit Lao Cai province on January 31 with the temperature falling to 1.2 degrees Celsius. The same day, snow started to fall on Fansipan mountain, which is the highest in Indochina at 3,143m, then on the area of Bac (Silver) waterfall – about 12km from Sa Pa town to the west.-VNA