Bulgarian capital city Sofia recorded a record-low temperature for the day on the morning of December 14 2012 of 13.6 degrees below zero Celsius while two regions elsewhere in the country were given a “code orange” weather warning about dangerously low temperatures.
The code orange warning was given to Pernik and Kyustendil while the lesser code yellow warning was issued for 17 regions – Kurdjali, Blagoevgrad, Sofia city and district, Stara Zagora, Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Turgovishte, Rousse, Razgrad, Shoumen and Silistra.
The morning of December 14 also saw a record-low for the day in Plovdiv, of minus 9.8 degrees Celsius.
The weather forecast for Saturday December 15 was that very low temperatures were expected in the morning averaging minus five to minus 10 degrees countrywide, while on the Danube plain and in some valleys, the mercury would fall to minus 15 to minus 17 degrees.
December 16 was expected to see rain, with higher minimum temperatures of minus five degrees to zero.
On December 17, the rain would stop, but would return on Tuesday, while snow was expected in western Bulgaria and in the mountains. Similarly, rain and snow were expected on December 18, according to weather forecasters.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)