Update: 20:00 | 10/01/2023
A cold front is set to blanket northern Vietnam from January 15 to 29, which includes the Lunar New Year holiday, plunging average daytime temperatures to below 15 degrees Celsius.
Nguyen Van Huong, head of the weather forecast department at the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, said the cold front would also bring drizzles.
People gather around a fire in Hanoi, December 2022.
From January 19 to January 24 the average daytime temperatures will be 13-15 degrees. Hanoi and the northeast will see drizzles, while the capital will experience daytime temperatures of 15-17 degrees.
From January 25 to 29 the mass of cold air is expected to intensify, bringing light rain all over the north.
U.S. weather forecast service AccuWeather said minimum temperatures in Hanoi would fall to 9-10 degrees between January 16 and 18, while the highest would be only be around 14 degrees. From January 19 to January 22 temperatures would increase to 12-24 degrees.
Mountainous locations like Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province would see temperatures of 3-9 degrees before Tet, and 5-10 degrees during the festival.
Central regions are expected to get scattered rains during Tet. The region between Thua Thien-Hue and the north will have temperatures of up to 24 degrees, while between Da Nang and Quang Ngai the maximum will be 27 degrees and between Binh Dinh and Binh Thuan, 31 degrees.
The Central Highlands and southern regions will see temperatures gradually rise before Tet with reducing rains. During the New Year temperatures will be 29-32 degrees.
This year would be warmer than 2022 in the northern and central regions, meteorologists said.