Vietnam Climate



-The overall weather in Vietnam Changes a lot throughout the year, mainly due to it’s vast variation of latitude and altitude, but it is mainly hotter in the south and cooler in the west, with more rainfall in the centre and the same amount in north and west.
Two monsoons (basically wind) control the weather; one is considered to be dry monsoon, which occurs mainly in the north and occurs mainly from October/November to March, the other one brings warm, wet weather to the entire country, with the exception of mountainous areas from April/May to November.


-Here is chart showing the averages for rainfall and temperatures in the different areas of the country each year.
From this we can see that the temperature rises at the beginning of the year, peaking mid-year and slowly falling at the end of the year.
We can also see that the rainfall rises mid-year and falls towards the end.
Vietnam weather chart


-The climate in the north and south varies greatly as the southern part of Vietnam is Tropical and considered hot and humid all year round, especially from February to May, while the north is considered monsoonal with a hot, rainy season from October to March, the central highlands tend to be the same as the southern part of Vietnam but can be cooler and is especially freezing in winter, caused by the winter monsoon.


-Winter in Vietnam is relatively dry compared to the wet summers that the country endures. The winter, which generally spans from November to April, usually has monsoon winds that blow from the Northeast along China’s coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin, which picks up considerable moisture despite the fact that the winters are dry compared to the summers.
-The summers in Vietnam are usually hot and very rainy which is mainly felt throughout the north from May to October.


What the future may hold

20 years ago Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in the world but is now likely to become a middle-income country by the year
2012, but rising sea are threatning this and may completley submerge the heavily populated Me-Kong Delta, due to global warming. “If the sea level rises ten centimetres over the next ten years, which is not impossible, you would start to see impacts immediately,” said by Douglas Graham, who manages conservation projects at the World Bank’s Hanoi office “An increase in storm surges, for example, as extreme weather events become more common, which many models believe they will”. Recent research has shown that 10 percent of Vietnams population will be effected by the rising sea levels