Strong winds, rain prompt ‘code yellow’ two-day weather alert in Bulgaria

A code “yellow” weather warning has been issued for 22 districts in Bulgaria, covering most of the country with the exception of the south-west, on October 17 because of the strong winds and expected heavy rain, the country’s meteorology institute has said.

The areas affected are Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Rousse, Turgovishte, Razgrad, Silistra, Dobrich, Varna, Shoumen, Bourgas, Yambol, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Kurdjali and Haskovo.

Sofia was not on the list, with the rain abating on the morning of October 17, but the city had seen the most rain overnight, at 21 litres/square metre.

The code “yellow” warning would remain in place on October 18, issued because of expected strong winds, in 18 districts of the country – Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Rousse, Razgrad, Silistra, Dobrich, Varna, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Kurdjali, Plovdiv, Smolyan and Pazardjik.

Under the guidelines of the Network of European Meteorological Services, code ‘yellow’ alerts are issued when the weather is potentially dangerous. The weather phenomena that have been forecast are not unusual, but the warning is meant as a caution for anyone who may intend to practice activities exposed to meteorological risks.

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The Sofia Globe staff

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