Three reportedly dead due to hot temperatures.
The National Meteorological Administration (ANM) announced yesterday that it has extended for another day the heat wave watch alert it had issued at the end of last week. The weather will remain warm, with baking hot temperatures during the afternoon, in most of the country and the thermal comfort index will surpass the critical threshold. ANM points out that the highest temperatures (37-38 degrees Celsius) will be reported in southern and eastern Greater Wallachia, in southern Moldavia and Lesser Wallachia, as well as in inland Dobrogea. In the country’s western half there will be torrential rainfalls, thunderstorms, wind gusts and hailstorms. The meteorologists announce that the weather will cool off in south-eastern areas too starting tomorrow, with the highs set to drop below the heat wave threshold. The highest temperatures (33-34 degrees) are forecast for Craiova, Giurgiu, Calarasi, Buzau, Constanta and for the seaside. Beyond the Carpathians the highs will stand at a very agreeable 25-28 degrees. Brief summer showers are expected in central and northern regions. The weather will cool off in Bucharest too, with temperatures set to drop to 33 degrees in the afternoon.
The country simmered under scorching temperatures throughout the weekend. Three persons, aged 85 , 57 and 55, died in Constanta. “The ambulances brought the two persons from their homes; they had fever, were unconscious and died shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dr. Stoian stated, pointing out that only the autopsy will establish whether the two died because of the heat or because of other illnesses. The last victim of the heat was a 57 years-old man. Seven people died in Constanta because of the heat from August 6 to August 9. Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Oana Grigore said yesterday that 391 persons have fainted in the street in the last 24 hours because of the heat.
The seaside and the swimming pools were crowded with people eager to cool off. The National Consumer Protection Authority (ANPC) has issued fines of more than RON 200,000 against economic operators that failed to respect consumer protection legislation in what concerns swimming pools, entertainment parks and units for the rental of water sports equipment.