The National Meteorological Administration (ANM) issued on Thursday an extreme Code Red valid for Friday and Saturday in 12 counties in the west and southwest of the country, while the rest of the territory will be under Code Orange.
According to meteorologists, the heat wave, which started on Monday (July 31st), will continue to intensify on Friday (August 4th) and Saturday (August 5th), and the thermal discomfort will become particularly acute. The temperature-humidity Index (ITU) will exceed the 80-unit critical threshold and will frequently range between 82 and 84 units in lower relief areas. Minimum temperatures will generally range from 22 to 25 Celsius degrees.
Moreover, in the plains and plateaus of Satu Mare, Bihor, Arad, Timis, Caras-Severin, Salaj, Cluj, Mures, Alba, Hunedoara, Mehedinti and Dolj counties, maximum extreme temperatures will be recorded comparable to the absolute records of the period, varying between 39 and 42 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, on Friday and Saturday, there will be an Code Orange for heat in Moldova, Dobrogea, Muntenia and locally in Maramures, Transylvania and Oltenia. In these regions, the maximum temperatures will generally range between 36 and 39 degrees, far higher values than the climatic averages specific to the period.
The ANM states that gradually, the heat wave will narrow to the southern regions and will persist until the middle of next week. The degree of atmospheric instability will be increasing, especially in mountain areas and in the northern half of the country.
Department for Emergency Situations: Heat wave back, do not leave children alone in vehicles
The Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) warns that during heat wave the children are the most vulnerable and cautions that they should not be left alone in cars, because in the sun, cars get very heated very fast and tragedies can ensue.
“The heat wave has returned to Romania and can bring along great problems if we are not careful. The most vulnerable are the children, therefore we have some advice for this high temperature weather. Never leave the children alone in the car. During a heat wave, the temperature in a car can be deadly,” reads the message posted on the Facebook page of the DSU.
Doctors warn that if the outside temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, after 20 minutes it can reach 43 degrees in a car, after 40 minutes – 48 degrees, and after 60 minutes the temperature in the car can soar to 51 degrees.
“During a heat wave, children are more vulnerable because their body temperature increases three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the body temperature of a child reaches 40 degrees Celsius, the internal organs start to fail, and 41.6 degrees can be fatal. In the sun, the cars get heated very fast, so tragedies can occur faster than you imagine!” the DSU warns.
These days’ heat wave will persist both during the following weekend, especially in the western regions and in the early days of the next week, especially in the south and south-east of the territory, but an update of the heat warnings issued for these days will take place after August 3, depending on the centralised information, Oana Catrina, meteorologist at the National Meteorological Administration (ANM) stated on Wednesday for AGERPRES.
“On the following weekend, the heat wave will intensify and, depending on the evolution of the thermal regime and the tropical type temperature intensity, we will see if we update the heat codes. Temperatures will continue to be scorching on the following weekend, especially in the western regions where temperature values will exceed 41 degrees Celsius. The heat will also be intense next week, especially in the south and south-east of the territory. In the other regions it will go down a little, Catrina mentioned.
Alis Grasu (SABIF): 2,690 emergency calls in past 48 hours; avoid sun 11:00 to 18:00 hrs
A number of 2,700 calls have been placed in the past 24 hours with the Bucharest – Ilfov Ambulance Service (SABIF), service manager Alis Grasu told AGERPRES..
“There have been 2,690 calls in the last 48 hours, a 1 percent increase over last week. Of these, 1,424 were red and yellow code emergency cases. Of the latter, 294 were public emergencies, 50 cases of fainting and 35 syncopes,” Alis Grasu specified.
According to her, all people with chronic health issues, cardiac, respiratory, neurological, the elderly, people with disabilities, small age children and infants are particularly affected by the heat wave.
“Nobody should spend time in the sun between 11:00 hrs and 18:00 hrs, nor exercise, everybody should stay in cool rooms, get proper hydration,” warned the SABIF manager.