Temperature highs in Bulgaria were expected to once again exceed 40 degrees Celsius on August 24 as the heat wave shows no sign of abating, the country’s Meteorology institute said.
In Sofia, the daily high is expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius, but the Black Sea coast will be cooler, with highs of about 30 degrees, weather forecasters said.
The weather forecast for the weekend is more of the same – lots of sun and temperature highs of up to 41 degrees Celsius, changing only on Monday August 27, when a cold air front is set to spread over Bulgaria.
On August 23, a total of 23 of the country’s 28 districts were issued “code orange” hazardous weather warnings, which signify significant health hazards, with the other districts issued the milder “code yellow” warnings. Similar warnings can be expected on August 24.
The continued heat wave has been disrupting navigation on the Danube River, where the water levels were dangerously low, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported.
Because of the low water levels, river ships had to take on less cargo and travel slower – a trip between Rousse and Svishtov, which normally takes about 10 hours, now was stretched to three days, BNT said.
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