UPDATED: 1. AUG 2019, AT 15:10

Weather warning: Much of Slovakia to be hit by thunderstorms

Slovakia has turned yellow after SHMÚ issued warnings for storms.

The D1 highway got flooded after a supercell hit Levoča in eastern Slovakia this June.The D1 highway got flooded after a supercell hit Levoča in eastern Slovakia this June. (Source: Tomáš Mitašík)

All of Slovakia is expected to be hit by thunderstorms on July 31, which are supposed to continue the following day, on August 1, in central and eastern Slovakia.

The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) issued first-level weather warnings for all regions, thus turning the map of Slovakia yellow for two days.

“Storms may be accompanied with short but intense downpours, and the wind can reach 65 to 85 km/hr,” the SHMÚ wrote on its website.

The updated report shows that SHMÚ issued second-level warning against thunderstorms for some districts in Banská Bystrica and Košice Regions. The warning is in effect between 15:00 and 20:00.

Flash flooding

The thunderstorms may also cause a temporary rise in water levels of small rivers, leading to the flooding of cellars, underpasses, and subways.

The SHMÚ hence issued a first-level flash flood warning for two regions in the east of Slovakia: Gelnica and Košice-Bodva.

The warning is in effect until 15:00, July 31.

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