Bulgaria braces for weekend cold spell as ‘code orange’ weather alert issued
A code “orange” hazardous weather warning has been issued for 15 districts in western and northern Bulgaria on January 23 because of the forecast for low temperatures, the country’s meteorology institute said.
The areas affected are capital city Sofia and the Sofia district, as well Pernik, Kyustendil, Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Lovech, Pleven, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Turgovishte, Rousse, Razgrad, Shoumen and Silistra districts; code “orange” warnings are issued when weather conditions pose risk to health and property.
Night-time temperature low are expected to range between -15C and -20C in those districts, with day-time temperatures between -4C and -9C. In Sofia, the forecast is for a low of -15C and the daily high is expected to be -5C.
Despite the cold, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny all over Bulgaria throughout the weekend.
The rest of the country has been a code “yellow” weather warning, which signifies potential risk of hazardous weather conditions.
The cold snap is expected to last through the weekend, although no weather warning for Sunday, January 24, has been announced yet. Temperatures are expected to rise in the middle of next week, when a warm front from the Mediterranean is expected to reach Bulgaria.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)