Temperatures will be running high in the next period, reverting to values below 30 degrees Celsius only after 22:00 hrs, director of the National Meteorological Administration (ANM) Gabriela Bancila announced on Friday at the meeting of the heat task force called at the headquarters of the Bucharest City Hall.
“I would like to make a very important mention about night temperatures, which will be increasingly higher. That is, very high temperatures, hovering around 30 degrees Celsius will persist until 22:00 -23:00 hrs and will only very slowly decline from there to dawn lows of around 22 – 23 degrees Celsius, which means anyway a tropical night. Given that temperatures two meters above the ground will remain higher than 30 degrees Celsius for approximately 12 hours, the heat-related discomfort will be particularly acute and rising,” she said.
Considering that temperatures will fall below 30 degrees only after 22:00 hrs, Bancila estimates that street water spraying would be optimum only towards midnight, so that the water vapor does not enhance the discomfort.
She added that the thermal discomfort will remain high in the Bucharest area at the beginning of the next week, because of increased air moisture as a result of a growing probability of rain showers and thunderstorms.
Bancila reminded that ANM issued on Thursday a Code Orange heat warning effective for the capital area on Friday and Saturday, where temperatures are expected to soar to 36 – 39 degrees Celsius. The heatwave will peak on Saturday at 38 – 39 degrees, while on Sunday temperatures will be as high as 37 – 38 degrees. Weather conditions will stay scorchy at the beginning of next week, reaching maximum 35-37 degrees.
The ANM head estimated that the heat wave will end in the second part of the coming week and added that the requirements for issuing a Code Red warning for Bucharest are not met, because early August temperature highs specific to Bucharest stand around 41 degrees Celsius.