Hottest day of the year forecast
19 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The hottest day of the year so far is expected to be recorded on Wednesday with temperatures forecast to hit 31 degrees Celsius along the coast and 35 degrees inland.
19 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The hottest day of the year so far is expected to be recorded on Wednesday with temperatures forecast to hit 31 degrees Celsius along the coast and 35 degrees inland.
In the Kempen region, meteorological bureau RMI has even forecast a temperature of 37 degrees. That is three degrees higher than the previous 2006 record, recorded in Kleine Brogel on 4 July.
As soon as the mercury rises above 30 degrees, Belgium will officially be in the grip of a heatwave, which could continue for a few more days. It will be the second heatwave of July and the summer's third.
But the heat has caused problems with the road surface on the E34 at Zoersel, delaying Antwerp-bound traffic. Repair works could take up to three weeks.
The warning level of 180 micrograms of ozone per cubic metres of air could be breached on Wednesday. The public is advised to drink sufficiently and avoid heavy physical exertions outside.
The alarm level of 240 micrograms of ozone could be breached in several locations, which could cause breathing difficulties, even for healthy people. In Moerkerke, 235 micrograms of ozone was recorded on Tuesday.
Wednesday's warm weather will come close to breaching the record maximum temperatures set in 1946 and the summer of 1976.
July 2006 is also on the road to becoming the sunniest month in history. If the sun shines equally as much in coming weeks, some 390 sun hours could be recorded, topping the record set in 1959.
Temperatures will fall to about 27 degrees on Thursday, with a chance of showers, but the mercury will rise above 30 degrees again from Friday to Monday. The nights will remain cooler due to the clear skies.
International meteorologists are also predicting that August and September will be warm months.
Serious water shortages are not expected because May was a wet month and the summer started late.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news