Friday, January 13th, 2017 in Bulgaria: The First Normal Winter Day this Year

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According to superstition in many countries or circles, Friday the 13th will bring misfortune and mishap. Well, today it is obviously the opposite. According to the data forecasters are spreading around, this will indeed be the first normal winter day since the Bulgarian army used tanks to pull vehicles out of the snow during the last 48 hours of 2016.

Lovech will supposedly be the record holder today, with 7 degrees Centigrade during the day. In towns all across Bulgaria, such as Haskovo, Pleven and Silistra, 4 degrees were announced, which will feel like summer. At the Black Sea coast, in Burgas and Varna, people might get their bikinis ready, due to the 5 degree forecast. The only problem might be the ice on the sea and the snow on the beach. Rain was forecast.

Yes, the next cold front is on its way, but it does not seem to be nearly as bad as the one Bulgaria now got rid of. Minimum night temperatures of around -10 degrees, starting on Sunday, will hit western and central Bulgaria, which seem pretty harmless compared to the -25 degrees which were measured in Zlatitsa yesterday or the entire mess the whole country went through.

In the meantime, Bulgaria has halted its electricity exports today, in order to make sure Bulgarians have enough power. The step was ordered by the outgoing Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova. The order took effect at 01:00 a.m. this morning.

Because of this harsh winter, energy consumption in Bulgaria had doubled, which put pressure on the grid. Greece, the neighbour in the south, halted energy exports as well, due to similar issues.

While schools in the largest part of Bulgaria are open again, they are still closed today in Bourgas, Dobrich, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Rousse, Silistra, Turgovishte, Stara Zagora, Yambol and Shoumen. During the first 12 days of 2017, most schools had been closed most of the time, due to the heavy snowfall, the cold and the spreading flu. 

Yesterday, the sea at the port of Burgas froze, for the first time in more than 50 years. The same applied to the fishing harbour of Sarafovo. Shipping on the Danube river was banned, due to floating ice.

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

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