The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) issued the highest-level red warning for the southern parts of Slovakia for August 3 and 4, when the temperatures may reach as high as 38-39 degrees Celsius.
On August 3, a red warning applies for the south-western districts in Bratislava Region and southern districts of Trnava and Nitra Regions. The most critical time will be the afternoon, when the temperature may hit 38 degrees Celsius. For the rest of Slovakia, SHMÚ issued yellow (first-level) or orange (second-level) warnings. The only districts without any warning on August 3 are Poprad, Dolný Kubín, Námestovo and Tvrdošín.
For August 4, the meteorologists issued a red warning for all southern districts, where the temperatures in the afternoon may rise to 38-39 degrees Celsius. For most of Slovakia, the orange warning is issued, while the yellow warning applies to the districts of Čadca, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Námestovo, Dolný Kubín, Tvrdošín, Liptovský Mikuláš and Poprad.
Drink plenty of water
SHMÚ declares the highest-level warning only when the heat in an area is unusually high for the season. The heat intensity on August 3 and 4 is extremely high and is expected to cause damage and pose risks to people’s lives, the SITA newswire reported.
The groups most in danger are women, children and seniors. It is necessary to drink enough water, which is at least three litres for adults, says the Public Health Authority.
The high temperatures may also impact birds in the cities. It is easy to help them by leaving a bowl of water on a window sill or balcony, the TASR newswire reported.
The hot air has already affected the mountains. The Lomnický Štít peak in the High Tatras registered a temperature of 15.6 degrees Celsius before 9:00, which broke the record from August 2, 1998. The absolute record for the peak of 19.3 degrees Celsius, recorded on August 3, 1998, could be broken in the following days, TASR wrote.
3. Aug 2017 at 5:06 | Compiled by Spectator staff