High smog levels, but heatwave's almost over

27th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Despite alarming smog levels across Belgium, meteorologists have forecast an end to the current heatwave following temperatures in the mid 30s on Wednesday.

27 July 2006

BRUSSELS — Despite alarming smog levels across Belgium, meteorologists have forecast an end to the current heatwave following temperatures in the mid 30s on Wednesday.

The Kleine-Brogel airbase recorded its longest ever heatwave this month, entering its 29th day on Wednesday as 35.6 degrees Celsius was recorded.

But that failed to top the year's hottest day so far, when 37.8 degrees was recorded at Kleine-Brogel on 19 July, meteorologist bureau RMI said.

And the airforce meteorological bureau Meteo Wing is now forecasting lower temperatures of 32 and 33 on Thursday and 30 degrees on Friday.

Rain is also expected in coming days and the temperature next Wednesday is expected to be 23 degrees.

VTM weather man David Dehenau said as soon as the temperature falls below 25 degrees, the heatwave is officially over.

The warm weather led to high smog concentrations on Wednesday, when the EU alarm level was breached at six places across the country.

The alarm level of 240 micrograms of ozone per cubic metre of air was breached at Idegem, the Brussels communes Sint-Agatha-Berchemn/ Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Ukkel/Uccel and Haren and the Wallonian municipalities of Eupen and Sinsin.

In Eupen and Sinsin, 260 and 242 micrograms were recorded respectively, but those levels were far below the extremes recorded in August 2003 (298 micrograms in Eupen) and at the start of the 1990s, when 360 micrograms was registered near Ghent.

Wednesday's high smog concentrations can cause breathing difficulties for even healthy people and at such times the public is advised against undertaking heavy physical activities.

The warning level of 180 micrograms was breached at almost every measuring station on Wednesday, except for Houtem and Vielsalm.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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