‘Code yellow’ heat wave warning in Bulgaria

A code “yellow” weather warning has been issued for 14 districts in Bulgaria on August 8 due to high temperatures, expected to range between 33C and 38C. This is the first weather warning issued by Bulgaria’s meteorology institute since July 29, when four districts were issued code “orange” alerts.

The areas affected by the code “yellow” are Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Veliko Turnovo, Rousse, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Haskovo and Yambol. The heat wave is expected to continue on August 9, when more weather warnings are expected.

In Sofia, the city hall said that it would distribute water to people – at the Sveta Nedelya square and the National Palace of Culture (NDK). Authorities urged people to exercise caution, avoid going out in the hottest hours of the day (children and people suffering from heart conditions should be especially careful), not exercise excessively and to drink ample amounts of non-alcoholic fluids, especially water.

Last month, the Road Infrastructure Agency said that it enforce the usual restrictions preventing heavy trucks from travelling on Bulgarian roads during the afternoon hours, as is the usual practice during hot weather alerts.

Such restrictions apply to all trucks with a weight of more than 7.5 tons, but not freezer trucks or those carrying livestock. The goal is to prevent damage to the Bulgarian roads, the agency said.

The restrictions would be enforced any time air temperatures rise above 35C and would be in effect between 1pm and 9pm.

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