Heatwave sets new temperature records

A NEW nation-wide temperature record was set on July 7 when 37.2 degrees Celsius was recorded in Bratislava borough of Mlynská Dolina. First record readings were taken already on Thursday, July 2 and were mounting over the course of following days.

Heats are managed better at pools and lidos.Heats are managed better at pools and lidos.(Source: SITA )

“It was less conspicuous until July 5th, but since Monday (July 6), the number of records regarding maximum, minimum as well as average daily air temperatures was significantly higher than the past week,” Pavel Faško of the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) told the TASR newswire on July 8.

It was also an extremely warm night from Tuesday to Wednesday that contributed to high temperature stats. “This night was recorded as ‘tropical’ almost at half of meteorological stations with daily monitoring and at every place the tropical night occurred, the minimum air temperature didn’t drop below 20 degrees Celsius,” the climatologist added. “At the warmest places during this night, the air temperature didn’t drop even below 25 degrees Celsius.”

“The record of maximum daily air temperature was for this day recorded on more than two-thirds of meteorological stations with daily reporting,” Faško further said. “The feature of average daily air temperature was even more marked.”   

In last 24 hours, the emergency rescue service recorded 106 collapsed people, with most of them being treated in the Prešov region, Boris Chmel of the Operations Centre of the Medical Rescue Service told the SITA newswire. The fewest people collapsed in the Trenčín region. The unusual number of collapses can be attributed to the extreme heat which is especially risky for children, seniors and people with cardiovascular diseases.

People feeling dizzy and weak should seek shade, lie down, try to make up for the loss of liquids by drinking, take a lukewarm shower or cold compressions, while also calling for help on the phone – at the emergency line 155.  

For June 9, forecasts call for temperatures 10-15°C lower.

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