The heat wave that has covered Romania has killed three people in Arges, Vaslui and Iasi counties. A 43-year-old employee of a city cleaning services company died in Iasi yesterday. Emergency medical workers were unable to resuscitate him. The local labour inspectorate has started an investigation in order to establish whether the employer respected all labour legislation regulations.
A 70-year-old man died in Vaslui county while he was returning home from the market.
The third victim was a 50-year-old shepherd who died while working in Arges County.
The Bucharest-Ilfov Ambulance Service (BIAS) registered 1,537 calls from 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday, BIAS Manager Alia Grasu told Agerpres. According to the BIAS representative, of the 1,537 calls, 856 were code red and code yellow emergencies.
Meteorologists have extended throughout Saturday, June 25, the Code Yellow warning for relentless heat and high thermal discomfort, issued for ten counties in the west and south of Romania.
The counties under the code are: Giurgiu, Teleorman, Gorj, Dolj, Mehedinti, Caras Severin, Timis, Arad, Bihor and Satu Mare.
According to the National Weather Administration (ANM), on June 24 – 25, in Banat, Crisana, Maramures, the south of Oltenia and Muntenia and on limited areas in the other regions, the weather will still be hot. The highs will frequently reach around 35 degrees Celsius, and at night the temperature will not drop below 20 degrees.
The thermal discomfort will be high and the temperature-humidity index will exceed a critical level of 80 units.
Meteorologists point out that in mountainous and hilly areas the atmospheric instability will be high at times, mostly in the afternoon and at night, with showers, lightning, short wind gusts and hail in some places.
ANM has also issued a Code Yellow warning valid Thursday, June 23, for relentless heat and high thermal discomfort valid in 21 counties and Bucharest City.
Thus, in most parts of Muntenia and Dobrogea, in the southern half of Oltenia and Moldavia and over limited areas in the other regions, there will be scorching heat. The highs will frequently reach around 35 Celsius degrees and nights will be hot, with the lows not falling under 20 degrees.
The thermal discomfort will be high, and the temperature-humidity index will exceed a critical level of 80 units, mainly in the plains and plateau areas.
In mountainous areas, in north-east and central Romania and locally in the rest of the country, the atmospheric instability will be high at times, mostly in the afternoon and evening, with showers, lighting, short wind gusts and possibly hail.