Bulgaria given brief respite from heat wave

After two weeks of unrelenting heat, residents of Bulgaria will enjoy several cooler days before temperatures rise again at the end of the week, the meteorology institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences said.

Temperature highs for July 17 and 18 throughout most of the country are expected to peak at about 30C – significantly lower than last week, when large parts of the country saw daily highs above 40C.

The heat wave prompted a code orange hazardous weather alert for the entire country last week, while at the weekend, several regions saw a code red alert, issued when weather phenomena pose a significant danger to people’s health.

The cool-down, which started on July 16, prompted a downgrade to code green in western Bulgaria, which was extended on July 17 to cover the entire country. Code green means that while weather conditions are not significantly different from the usual for the period, people are advised to exercise caution.

The cooler weather will not last long and daily highs will begin rising on Thursday, July 19, forecasters said. At the weekend, temperatures are expected to once again rise to 35C-37C. Moderate cloud cover was unlikely to bring any rain.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)



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