Heat Wave: The Highest Level of Heat Alert Comes Into Force


From Friday, the highest third-degree heat alert will be in effect, until Monday, August 28th at 24:00 – the National Center for Public Health and Pharmaceuticals and the National Directorate General of Disaster Management informed MTI.

They recalled that the national chief medical officer ordered a heat alert of the second degree from 14:00 on August 21st to 24:00 on August 24th, based on the forecast of the National Meteorological Service.

The medical officer will extend the heat alert until midnight on Monday, and at the same time raise it to degree three for the entire territory of the country, that is, the highest degree of heat alert will be in effect throughout the country from Friday, they added. At the same time, they warned that the long-term heat puts a strain on a healthy body, but young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with cardiovascular disease are particularly at risk. As written: In heatwaves, the body needs more water than usual, so the National Public Health and Pharmaceutical Center and the National Directorate General of Disaster Management ask the public to drink more fluids, preferably water, in the heat. And in the midday hours, do not stay in the hot sun.

At the same time, warmer-than-average weather can cause health complaints, unpleasant symptoms, and deconcentration in anyone. The authorities are warning motorists to be especially careful, because the high heat can have an adverse effect on them as well. And those who spend their holidays at the beach should avoid sunbathing in the midday hours, cool down before going into the water, and never jump into the water with an overheated body. They also draw attention to the fact that no one should leave children or pets in a parked car for even a few minutes, and if anyone sees a child or pet left in a parked car in the sun, call the emergency number 112 immediately! Due to the heatwave and rain-free weather that has lasted for days, a fire ban is currently in effect in seven counties. In other words, it is forbidden to light a fire in the forests and wooded areas on the outlying properties, as well as in their 200-meter radius. During the restriction period, fires are not allowed in designated, built-up fire pits either, the announcement reads.

The National Meteorological Service (OMSZ) announced that, according to its forecast, sunny, predominantly clear weather is expected until Monday, with peak temperatures typically between 32 and 38 degrees Celsius. The air temperature usually cools down to between 16 and 23 degrees at dawn. The meteorological service has issued a warning for the next three days due to high average temperatures above 27 degrees Celsius for most of the country, the OMSZ informed.


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