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Another Heat Wave Hits the Balkans

Balkan countries are roasting under a heat wave for a third time this summer, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius, causing wildfires.

BIRN Team

Albania

Albania has suffered a heat-wave this week, with temperatures reaching as high as 42 degrees Celsius in Tirana.    

Health experts have advised the public to be particularly cautious, noting that sudden changes in temperatures can have adverse effects on small children and the elderly.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Temperatures in Bosnia are above average, reaching 40 degrees Celsius.
According to official data, the hottest city on Monday was Banja Luka at 40 degrees, while the capital Sarajevo was three degrees lower.

Bosnian meteorologists expect temperatures to start falling slightly mid week.
In the town of Bileca in south-east Bosnia, a national emergency has been called because the drought has left many homes without water.

Bulgaria

A Code Orange alert due to dangerous heat is declared for 21 Bulgarian regions on Tuesday.
The forecast is issued by the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS.

Code orange means intense weather situations with potential damage, injuries and casualties.

People are advised to not venture outside, especially at around noon and during the afternoon; and to strictly follow the directions of the authorities and be prepared for emergency measures.

Croatia

Extreme heat and humidity has hit Croatia with the nations meteorologists announcing that Monday was the hottest day of the year.

The meteorological office has again issued warnings to the citizens of Croatia and have advised people to avoid going out from 10 to 5pm, to drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous physical work.

Kosovo

Kosovo has been hit by hot dry weather and the authorities have called upon the population to minimize their movement, due to the temperatures which are predicted to go over 38 degrees.

Meanwhile, forest fires are breaking out through western Kosovo’s Dukagjini / Metohija region, in the Decani Mountains threatening several villages, a municipality official said.
The blazes were also threatening the medieval Monastery of Decani, but the fire-fighters intervened in time, and extinguished the fire, said the Director of Public Services in Decan Municipality, Admir Hasani.

Montenegro

The Montenegrin national weather institute has said that maximum temperatures in the coming days would be as high as 42 degrees.

August 24, 2007 has been the hottest day in Montenegro ever, when 44.2 degrees were recorded in Podgorica.

Macedonia

Macedonia is still suffering from heat, which caused wildfires in recent weeks.
The yellow level of danger from heat has been declared in most of the country, and in the south its even been raised to orange since the temperatures are in excess of 40 degrees Celsius.

Romania

Tuesday has been the hottest day of this year in Romania, with temperatures reaching up to 42 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country, including capital Bucharest.

A Code Orange alert was declared on Sunday. Code orange means intense weather situations with potential damage, injuries and casualties. The alert is to be active for the entire country for a third day in a row.

Eight medical tents were installed accross the capital, where medical staff is offering advice and help to people in need. According to official data, around 120 people required medical care in recent days, due to fainting and dehydration caused by high temperatures. No heat wave-induced deaths have been reported so far.

The heat wave is expected to last at least until late Wednesday.

Serbia

Serbia has also faced very warm weather with temperatures of up to 41 degrees, the national weather service has stated.

Belgrade reported 27 degrees at 7am on Tuesday - while the coolest location in the country at that time was the mountainous region of Sjenica, with 11 degrees. Cooler weather is expected starting Wednesday.

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