A “code orange” dangerous weather warning was issued for May 12 in three regions in north-western Bulgaria – Vidin, Vratsa and Montana – because of expected heavy rain, which could also trigger localised flooding, the country’s meteorology institute said on May 11.
Code orange warnings are issued when weather conditions pose risk to health and property. The lesser “Code Yellow” potentially hazardous weather warning was issued because of expected heavy rain in eight regions in western and northern Bulgaria: Pleven, Veliko Turnovo, Gabrovo, Lovech, the city and district of Sofia, Pernik and Kyustendil.
The bulk of the rainfall is expected overnight and on the morning of May 12, but the forecast is for rain throughout the day and into the early hours of Friday, May 13.
Bulgaria has seen a rainy spring so far and the medium-term forecast is for more of the same, although a sunny and warm spell was expected next week, broadcaster Darik Radio quoted meteorologist Krassimir Stoev as saying. There was also an increased risk of hail this week, he said.
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