Sun-worshipers at Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna opened the sunbathing season on April 28 as the city became one of seven places to set temperature records for the day, at 30.7 degrees Celsius.
At Ahtopol, also on the Black Sea coast, which reported a record 29 degrees, beachgoers joined their counterparts in braving Bulgaria’s Black Sea waters, still at a challenging 11 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Ahead of the special long weekend that awaits Bulgaria, from May 1, Labour Day, to the May 6 Easter Monday as marked on the calendar of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the weather forecast for Bulgaria showed capital city Sofia as expecting temperatures in the mid-20s to the end of the long weekend, with temperatures in the low 20s for Varna and Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv awaiting similarly warm temperatures for the season, albeit with a warning of thunderstorms on Easter Sunday and Monday.
In Sofia, on the weekend ahead of the “long break”, outdoor places of entertainment were doing a roaring trade and places at popular open-air restaurants were to be had only with reservations. Amid the bonhomie of early-season beer sales and the stunts of political parties touting their wares out in the parks ahead of the May 12 ahead-of-term parliamentary elections, along with the news of the first arrivals of foreign tourist groups and reports of some resorts having decided to open their seasons early, at least one Bulgarian media outlet decided to cheer readers by announcing that research showed that sunny weather was a boost to sex lives.
(Photo: George Takis)