Slovakia braces for another heat wave

EXTREMELY hot weather is returning to Slovakia, with meteorologists forecasting that the temperature will climb in some places to 36 degrees Celsius on August 6.

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The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) has already issued warnings for high temperatures on August 5 and 6. Temperatures should rise to 33-35 degrees Celsius on August 5, especially in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Košice, Nitra, and Trnava Regions. Thus SHMÚ issued a second-degree warning for between 12:00 and 17:00, the TASR newswire reported.

The same warning was issued also for August 6 for Bratislava, Nitra, Trnava, and some districts of Banská Bystrica, Trenčín, and Košice Regions where the temperature is forecasted to reach 35-36 degrees Celsius. In Žilina and Prešov Regions it will be slightly cooler, with temperatures around 30-32 degrees Celsius, which accounts for the lowest, first-degree warning.

People should not forget about drinking enough water, said Ivan Rovný, Slovakia’s chief hygienist, as quoted by TASR.

To help people overcome the heat wave, the city of Bratislava has adopted several measures. It will place a tank with potable water on the Main Square as of August 4, with a second tank being added to Poštová Street on August 7. It will also water the streets to cool down the air and also the roads, as well as decrease the entrance fee to the swimming area in Zlaté Piesky, Ivana Skokanová, spokesperson for Bratislava’s mayor, informed.

Meanwhile, SHMÚ informed that July 2015 was extremely hot, with about one third of its meteorological stations reporting an average monthly temperature above 24 degrees Celsius. Such a high temperature was reported only in 1994 and 2006.

In Hurbanovo the average monthly temperature stood at 24.2 degrees Celsius, which is the most since 1871, SHMÚ informed. 

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