For a few days now Romania has been under a wave of Saharan heat and specialists with the National Meteorology Administration has issued a code amber heat and thermal discomfort warning valid on Sunday and Monday for the counties of Bihor, Arad, Timiş, Caraş-Severin, Mehedinţi and Dolj. The rest of the country is under a code yellow heat alert.
In the counties warned with an amber code, air temperatures goes up to 38 – 39 degrees Celsius. In the rest of the territory, under a code yellow warning, temperatures exceed 35 – 36 degrees Celsius. The temperature-humidity index is over the critical threshold of 80 units in most of the country, weather specialists warn.
Trains have speed limitations in all networks. The measure was imposed for Sunday and Monday, when temperatures of over 36 degrees have been forecast in Bucharest and all counties.
Trains run at speeds lower by 20 – 30 km per hour compared to the regular speed. Some services reach destination with delays. The measure was taken for the safety of rail traffic, as temperatures at the level of the rail track has reached 50 degrees Celsius.
Speed reduction during intervals when the temperature is above normal values is compulsory for rail traffic safety, being applied by all railway administrations, CFR officials noted.
Passengers may ask for information on delays at train stations in Bucharest and in the country, as well as on the 021/9521 telephone number.
Because of the excessive heat many people have called the 12 emergency lines. Several people fainted in the street and required first aid. Doctors recommend that people should avoid exposure to sunlight for a long time, drink a lot of liquids, eat fruits and vegetables, not make physical effort and wear light coloured clothing as well as hats.
In order to avoid dehydration, every 15-20 minutes a person should drink a glass of water. Elderly persons, sick people, pregnant ladies and small children should avoid going out between 10:00 and 17:00.
The wave of heat is not going to leave Romania very soon. On Tuesday, however, the thermometers will lose a few degrees.