Severe cold snaps likely to hit northern Vietnam in Feb. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Northern Vietnam is likely to be hit by four to five cold spells during February, including one or two severe cold snaps which may occur in the first half of the month.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, average temperature across the North and the North Central Coast this month will be 0.5 – 1 degree Celsius below those of previous years.

The South Central Coast, the Central Highlands and the South may see a year-on-year decrease in average rainfall to less than 5mm, the centre said, warning that water shortage and saltwater intrusion will continue along coastal areas.

The average temperatures in the three regions are forecast to be 0.5 – 1 degree Celsius higher than those of previous years.-VNA