‘Code orange’ hazardous weather warning for Bulgaria

A code “orange” weather warning has been issued for 21 districts in Bulgaria for July 29 because of the ongoing heat wave, the country’s meteorology institute has said.

The areas affected are Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Rousse, Turgovishte, Razgrad, Silistra, Shoumen, Sliven, Yambol, Haskovo, Kurdjali, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Pazardjik, Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil. Code “orange” warnings are issued when weather conditions pose risk to health and property, with temperatures in those districts expected to reach 33C-38C.

The lesser code “yellow” weather warning due to heat was issued for the rest of the country, namely the capital city of Sofia and the surrounding area, Pernik, Smolyan, Bourgas, Varna and Dobrich.

Bulgaria has been gripped by a heat wave since July 25, with temperatures rising across the Balkan peninsula. Code “orange” hazardous weather warnings have also been issued for Montenegro, central and southern Serbia, parts of southern Romania and most of central and northern Greece for July 28.

The heat wave will end before the weekend, starting on July 30, with thunderstorms expected to sweep through Bulgaria, weather forecasters said. However, another heat wave is forecast for next week, between August 3 and August 9, when temperatures are expected to rise up to 37C.

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