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Bucharest and seven counties hit by 40 degrees C heat wave



A man in Suceava died of cardiac arrest due to sun exposure. Meteorologists are forecasting atmospheric instability will gradually become more visible countrywide.
The capital and the counties of Dolj, Olt, Teleorman, Dambovita, Giugiu, Calarasi and Ilfov will be under orange code of scorching heat, and temperatures are scheduled to rise up to 38-40 degrees Celsius, according to the warning issued o Monday by ANM (National Meteorology Administration). Meteorologists are announcing that in the areas for which the warning is valid, the thermal discomfort will be very high, and the temperature-humidity index (ITU) will exceed the critical threshold of 80 units.
The following counties were under orange code yesterday: Arad, Timisoara, Caras-Severin, Mehedinti, Dolj and Olt. Gorj, Valcea, Arges, Prahova, Buzau, Vrancea, Galati, Braila, Ialomita, Tulcea and Constanta will also experience high temperatures ranging between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius and will be under yellow code.
Additionally, meteorologists are forecasting that atmospheric instability will gradually become more visible countrywide, in particular Tuesday evening and night, and will be followed by electric discharges, wind set-ups that could turn into gales, possibly torrential rain, and in some regions, water quantities will exceed 25 to 30 litres per square metre, and hailstorms are also possible.
The effects of excessive heat took their toll on the population, turning in the first victim. On Sunday, a 63-year-old male from Suceava died of cardiac arrest due to sun exposure while he was on a picnic. Physicians in Suceava are saying that the man had no prior diseases.
In Cluj, over 30 persons arrived at the hospital after having fainted on the street, in market squares or churches, due to the rising heat. According to the chief of Ambulance in Cluj, cited by Mediafax, most of them were elderly persons.

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