Bulgaria heads into the first long weekend in September 2016 with a weather forecast that predicts mainly sunshine and high temperatures, although a cold front will bring rain and cooler temperatures starting on September 6.
The country will mark Unification Day on September 6, with the previous day declared a bridge holiday by the Cabinet, making for a four-day weekend.
Although there will be some cloud cover throughout the country, the forecast until September 5 is for sunny weather, with daily highs in the 25C-31C range. Smolyan and the Rhodope Mountains in southern Bulgaria will be the main exception, with daily highs of 22C-23C.
On September 6, the cold air front will bring rain to most of western Bulgaria, and extensive clouds over central and southern Bulgaria, while the Black Sea coast will still see sunshine. Temperatures will drop to 24C in capital Sofia, but will otherwise remain mostly unchanged throughout the country.
Heavy traffic out of Sofia is expected on September 2 and the morning of September 3, while a spike of inbound traffic into the city is expected in the afternoon and evening of September 6.
Reports in Bulgarian media said that traffic disruptions were already in effect on the afternoon of September 2 – on the Black Sea-bound Trakiya Motorway, due to a heavy accident, and at the Koulata-Promachonas border checkpoint with Greece, a popular destination for Bulgarian tourists at this time of the year, caused by a crash in the Interior Ministry’s IT systems.
Bulgaria’s traffic police KAT will have an increased presence on the busiest areas during peak hours and will also carry out spot checks for drunk driving throughout the long weekend, Bulgarian National Radio reported, quoting KAT chief inspector Petar Sokolov.
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