Vietnam records highest-ever temperature
Vietnam has reported a record-high temperature of 44.1C (111.38F), as weather experts and authorities told the population to remain indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
Scientists have said global warming is aggravating adverse weather.
Neighboring countries registered record temperatures during a heat wave in Asia in April.
Nguyen Thi Lan, a farmer, said temperatures in the central city of Danang had forced workers to start their days earlier than ever.
“We have had to finish before 10 am to avoid the heat,” she said. “This is a worrying record in the context of climate change and global warming,” Nguyen Ngoc Huy, a climate change expert, said. “I believe this record will be repeated many times. It confirms that extreme climate models are being proven to be true.”
Danang officials have asked Vietnam’s industry and electricity ministries to “cooperate to effectively deal with the heat, possible drought and lack of water,” according to state media.
The Thai meteorological department reported a record-equaling 44.6C in western Tak province in April, while Myanmar media said a town in the country’s east reported 43.8C, the highest in a decade.
Further west, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, recorded its highest temperature since the 1960s.
A recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said “every increment of global warming will intensify multiple and concurrent hazards”.