The flow of very warm air showed especially in the south-west of Slovakia during the day, climatologist of the Slovak Hydro-meteorological Institute (SHMÚ) Pavle Faško told the SITA newswire.
Only slightly colder was the temperature at Bratislava Airport (17°C), followed by Hurbanovo and other places in the west, beating the previous record from 2007 – 16.6°C from the Kuchyňa Airport (in Záhorie).
Faško added for the Pravda daily that the whole year 2014 has been a record one – with the average annual air temperature amounting to 10 degrees Celsius – the highest since measuring began in 1931. So far, the hottest year was 2007 with the average annual air temperature being 9.4°C.
The climatologist pointed out that although Slovakia does not have a sea, its temperatures come close to those in coastal countries like Croatia or Italy. “Such a temperature is uncharacteristic for the natural conditions in central Europe and the climate we are used to,” he said. “If I was to liken it to some region, it is close to the western part of Croatia or the northern-most part of Italy,” he added.
Experts foresee the temperature to rise 4 degrees by the end of the 21st century; while the difference between the climate temperature in the last Ice Age and modern times is 5 to 6 degrees. “Experts say that if the temperature changes by only two degrees, the impact for humankind would still be manageable,” Faško said. “But with four degrees, there would be irreversible changes and the development in some eco-systems could come to the stage of some regions being suddenly inhabitable.” The climatologist added that it now depends solely on people and the emitting of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for the worst-case scenario to come true.
23. Jan 2015 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská