Update: 14:20 | 27/01/2021
Tet will be unusually warm this year, and thunderstorms, lightning and hail are less likely than usual, meteorologists have said.
Tran Quang Nang, head of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting’s weather forecast department, said temperatures in the northern region would be 0.5-1 degrees Celsius higher than normal.
A woman takes care of a yellow mai tree, a popular Tet decoration, in HCMC, January 2021.
In the central region, it would be cloudy during Tet, with temperatures in Da Nang City at 19-24 degrees Celsius, he said.
The south would experience sunny weather with temperatures in HCMC ranging from 23 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius.
Hoang Phuc Lam, deputy director of the center, said dangerous weather phenomena like lightning and hail are less likely than last year.
On the Lunar New Year's Eve and Tet 2020, northern localities including Hanoi were lashed by thunderstorms and hail and more than 1,500 houses had their roofs blown away by strong winds.
U.S. website AccuWeather forecast temperatures of 16-22 degrees Celsius in Hanoi on the first three days of the new lunar year.
The Year of the Buffalo begins on February 12.
Earlier, the northern region will experience a cold snap from February 2 to 8.
Severe salinity intrusion in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's agriculture hub and the biggest fruit-producing region, coincides with the Lunar New Year celebrations. On Vam Co River, the seawater could intrude 85-95 km inland, and 45-52 km on the Cai Lon River.