Vietnam Weather in January

January is winter in northern Vietnam, about to be the end of the rainy season in the Central Region (Central Coast) of Vietnam, dry season in the Central Highlands and South Vietnam.

1/The North of Vietnam normally receives successive spells of northeasterly monsoon which causes the cold winter in the region. In between the spells of monsoon the North may also have westerly winds and easterly winds when the cold monsoon weakens (between spells). The meeting of these winds cause light rains in the North for a couple of days each time.

When the dominant northeasterly monsoon is strong, then it is cold and dry. The temperatures are from below 10oC to 24oC; it could be freezing cold in the mountains. Mau Son Mountain (in Lang Son), Sapa (in Lao Cai) and Lai Chau are the places that likely to have snow during this time.

2/The North of the Central Region of Vietnam (Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh) shares similar weather pattern with the North. The difference is that it tends to rain more and the temperatures are a bit higher. The temperatures are 14-26oC.

3/The Central Coast of Vietnam (Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan) is about to be the end of the rainy season. Dry days are alternated with rainy days. The rains are normally much lighter than in October-December though. The temperatures are 20-29oC; it tends to be warmer to the south of the Hai Van Pass than that to the north.

4/The Central Highlands of Vietnam enjoys dry season in January. The temperatures are 14-30oC in most areas; 13-23oC in Da Lat.

5/The South of Vietnam has entered the dry season in January. The temperatures are 23-34oC.

  • The new spell of northerly cold winds in northern Vietnam starting on the night of 27December2018 in the mountains and 28Dec2018 in the lowlands has been causing extreme cold to the north of Vietnam and torrential rains in the Central Region of Vietnam. Records show -0.5oC at Mau Son Mountain (Lang Son) on 30December2018, there has been snow and frost at Mau Son on 31December2018.

  • 09January2019 A new spell of strengthening northeasterly monsoon starts having impact on the North of Vietnam causing rain throughout the region. Heavy rains are expected in the Northwest of Vietnam due to the meeting of the cold monsoon and the westerly winds on high altitudes.

  • 14January2019 A new spell of cold winds (northeasterly monsoon) starts blowing into northern Vietnam and continue its movements from the Northeast southwards and southwestwards. It is expected to get cold in the North and North of the Central Region of Vietnam from the early evening of 15January2019.

  • 02January2019 The tropical depression which had formed in the Philippines and entered the East Vietnam Sea has strengthened to be a tropical storm, the 1st Typhoon in Vietnam in 2019 (Pabuk) with sustained winds of 60-75kph.