Weather services warn that the first heat wave of this summer begins today, with highs of 34 degrees Celsius, and will stay until Saturday, when thermometers will indicate 36 degrees, as the mass of tropical air from Northern Africa advances through Romania. Nights will have a tropical aspect, with lows above 20 degrees, as the thermal comfort index will reach 80 units. During daytime, there will be a risk of increased UV exposure and irradiation, weather services warn.
The highest temperatures will be registered in the Western Plain and the Danube Grassland. For now, nobody can tell precisely how long the heat will last, and the only thing weather experts are able to say is that the lowest temperatures will be at the seaside, due to the breeze.
Bucharest authorities take preventive measures
Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu ordered public services to enforce the special plan for heat waves. The Administration of Hospitals will set up medical tents with air conditioned and water, in spots with high pedestrian traffic – the Faculty of Architecture, the Universitate underground passageway, near the Cismigiu Park – in front of the Prefect’s offices, at the Piata Romana square – near the metro station, at the Charles de Gaulle entrance to the Herastrau Park, at the 11 Iunie square, at the Gara de Nord railway station, and in the Grozavesti student campus. “All these tents will be staffed with medical personal from 12.00 to 18.00 hours, (…) ready to intervene in emergency situations,” reads a press release of the Municipality.