A Freezing Wednesday in Bulgaria: Two More Days of Extremes

Written by on January 11, 2017 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

For a week, an unusually harsh winter has battered Bulgaria with Siberian temperatures, huge amounts of snow and strong winds. Now it looks like things will be improving within two to three days.

Today (Wednesday), the temperatures are still supposed to be alarmingly low. In western and most of central Bulgaria, -18 to -12 degrees are to be expected in the morning but only -6 to -4 degrees Centigrade during the day. Along the Black Sea coast, the lowest temperatures forecast would be -9 degrees, while they will increase up to the freezing point during daytime. Varna can even expect +2 degrees.

Only the north-eastern part of Bulgaria got a Code Yellow weather warning today, due to snowfall, ice and strong winds. The regions included are Dobrich, Shumen, Varna (yes, in spite of the relatively high daytime temperatures), Razgrad, Silistra, Ruse and Targovishte.

But it looks like this coming weekend will bring relief to most parts of Bulgaria. Pazardzhik can expect +4 degrees during the day, on Saturday and Sunday, Sofia will have +1 degree, Veliko Tarnovo up to +5 degrees with rain and Burgas even +6 degrees. This sounds a lot more like the kind of winter we are used to in Bulgaria. But, there are still two more cold days ahead.

On the Danube river, ice floes brought all shipping to a halt. At airports, delays and even cancellations had to be expected. 

The First English Language School in Sofia will still be closed today. All Sofia schools will. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

In Sofia and other parts of the country, schools are still closed today, while in 27 municipalities, they opened yesterday. Sofia’s mayor Yordanka Fandukova said, in the capital, schools will open tomorrow. The third extension of the Christmas holidays does have a good reason: 70 per cent of the city’s classrooms had not reached the minimum temperature required by law when they were checked yesterday.

Many roads in the east are still blocked, many households still do not have electricity, water or both. This includes thousands of expats in Bulgaria (see separate article on expats coping with this harsh winter).

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photos by Imanuel Marcus.

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