This month the northern and central regions will experience two or three extremely hot spells, says the National Meteorological Forecasting Centre.

The country’s northern and central regions are being hit by the hottest weather since the start of this year’s summer.

The temperature reached 39 degrees Celsius in Hanoi on Reunification Day on April 30 and May Day and the Quang Hoa district of central Thanh Hoa mountainous province even recorded 39.5C from April 28-May 1.

The central province of Thua Thien Hue is forecast to see temperatures as high as 42C on May 2.

The National Meteorological Forecasting Centre says the hot spell is abnormal for this time of the year.

As a consequence of hot weather, forest fire has broken out in some central localities.-VNA