Up to three storms, low pressures to hit Vietnam by year-end hinh anh 1Flood devastates Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – About six to eight storms and low pressures are forecast to operate in the East Sea in the rest of the year, with two or three of them directly affecting Vietnam, especially the central region, according to the National Centre for Hydrometeorogical Forecasting.

The centre predicted that rainfall in the northern region in September will be equal to the average level of many years, while that from October to the end of the year will be lower than previous years by 15-30 percent.

Meanwhile, the central region will see much lower rainfall than many years. In November-December, the Central Highlands will see a drop of 10-25 percent in rainfall compared to the average of many years.

Average temperature in the northern and north central region will be higher than the average of many years by 0.5-1 Celsius degree, while that of the central region southwards will be equal to the same period in many years.

Hoang Duc Cuong, Director of the centre, said that flood season in the northern region may end early, with its peak on the Red, Hoang Long and Thai Binh Rivers likely to hit alert lever 1 or 2. However, flash floods and landslides are warned in the northwestern mountainous region.

At the same time, flood season in the central and Central Highlands regions may come earlier than other years, from early October, said Cuong, adding that the flood level may be the same as that in many years.

At the end of the year, the southern coastal region may experience high tidal level, said Cuong.-VNA