A “code yellow” hazardous weather warning has been issued for 19 districts in southwestern, eastern and central Bulgaria, the meteorological institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences said on June 13.
This is the first heat wave-related weather warning this year and comes just a week after a similar alert was issued because of intensive rain and thunderstorms. Although the weather was not unusual, residents were warned to exercise caution, especially the elderly.
The warning is in effect for the Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazarjik, Plovdiv, Kurdjali, Haskovo, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Yambol, Bourgas, Varna, Shoumen, Turgovishte, Rousse, Veliko Turnovo, Pleven, Lovech, Razgrad and regions.
On June 12, the hottest spots in Bulgaria were Rousse and Sandanski, where temperatures reached 34C, with 10 more towns seeing temperatures rise above 32C. In Sofia, the daily high was 30.4C.