Hanoi’s weather sees dropping temperatures as the year ends

With the new year around the corner, Hanoi’s weather is getting chillier day and night amid these bleak winter days.

If you’re visiting the capital, you might want to put on extra layers of furry coats in the next couple of days when hitting the streets, as the temperature is set to drop to the single digits in the evenings. 

Hanoi’s weather might plunge to below 10°C

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Image adapted from: National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, temperatures in many parts of Northern Vietnam will sink to new lows starting from 30th December.

hanoi winter fashion
Image credit: Công An Nhân Dân

Temperatures in cities such as Hanoi, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, and Lao Cai might be as low as 8-11°C, while temperatures in mountainous areas might drop to below 0°C, and come together with snowfall.

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Mountainous areas might see snow if the temperatures plunge to below 0°C
Image adapted from: Jenny Tran

The forecast also predicts that Hanoi’s weather will get cloudy with scattered rain in the evening of 29th December.

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Image adapted from: Công An Nhân Dân

With the cold weather sticking around for weeks, many Hanoi residents have resorted to wearing raincoats to shield themselves from the wind and lighting fires on the streets to keep themselves warm.

hanoi winter fashion
Image adapted from: Công An Nhân Dân

How to protect your health in winter days

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Image credit: Nguyễn Minh Ngọc

With a record-breaking cold wave sweeping across many parts of Northern Vietnam this week, we are more likely to fall sick.

As the air gets drier, our body temperatures tend to drop and our immune systems may suffer as a result. The lack of sunshine in the winter season can cause people to have lower levels of vitamin D, a vitamin crucial for keeping our immune systems working smoothly. 

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Image adapted from: California Fitness & Yoga Centers Vietnam

To prevent yourself from catching the cold, wash your hands often to reduce bacteria and virus transmission, stay active by working out for at least 15 minutes per day, eat healthy food that boosts your immune system, and get some sun whenever possible. 

While drinking alcohol is a common way of keeping warm and cosy, as alcoholic drinks temporarily enlarge the blood vessels under your skin, this also drives away heat from your organs. We can consider bundling up rather than drinking to stay toasty.

Northern Vietnam and Hanoi’s weather struck by cold wave

With the arrival of a cold wave hitting much of Northern Vietnam this week and the level of humidity plummeting, many of us will face a higher chance of catching the cold or flu. 

To avoid coughs and runny noses all winter long, dress in layers to keep your body cosy when hitting the road, exercise often, and eat immune-boosting foods such as eggs, ginger, citrus, and blueberries. 

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Cover image adapted from: Gia Đình Hiện Đại and Công An Nhân Dân

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