A “code orange” hazardous weather warning because of scorching heat has been extended to cover all of Bulgaria on August 7. Temperature highs were expected to range between 36C and 41C, with 37C forecast for capital city Sofia.
The previous day, a similar alert was issued for 17 districts in the country, the remaining 11 under a “code yellow” warning.
All heavy trucks were banned from travelling on Bulgarian roads during the afternoon hours, as is the usual practice during hot weather alerts. Traffic restrictions apply to all trucks with a weight of more than 7.5 tons and would be lifted at 9pm. The restrictions do not apply to freezer trucks or those carrying livestock.
Trucks would also not be allowed to cross Danube Bridge between Rousse in Bulgaria and Giurgiu in Romania, news agency Focus quoted Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova as saying.
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