Bulgaria has declared a “Code Orange” hazardous weather warning for 11 districts on June 19 2016 because of forecast high temperatures.
The districts are Blagoevgrad, Gabrovo, Haskovo, Kurdzhali, Plovdiv, Rousse, Silistra, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Veliko Turnovo and Yambol.
In Veliko Turnovo, June 19 is expected to see a maximum high of 40 degrees Celsius.
The cities of Plovdiv, Rousse, Blagoevgrad, Kurdzhali and Silistra face daytime highs of 38 degrees on Sunday.
The lesser “Code Yellow” potentially hazardous weather warning has been issued for all other districts of Bulgaria, including Sofia, for June 19. The forecast high for Sofia for Sunday is 34 degrees.
Weather forecasters said that overnight, there would be short bursts of rain, accompanied by thunderstorms, mainly in north-western Bulgaria.
June 19 would begin mostly sunny with scattered clouds, but the afternoon in the western half of Bulgaria rain and thunder were expected.
Weather in the mountains would be mainly sunny, with temperatures at altitudes of 1200m of about 29 degrees and at 2000m, about 22 degrees.
At Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, weather would be mainly sunny, with light winds from the north-east. Along the coastline, maximum temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees were expected on June 19. Varna’s forecast high for Sunday is 27 degrees, and in Bourgas, 29 degrees.
(Photo: Leah Sawyer)