It's the first heatwave of the summer

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13 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgium has officially been in a heatwave since Tuesday afternoon, the nation's meteorological bureau RMI confirmed.

13 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgium has officially been in a heatwave since Tuesday afternoon, the nation's meteorological bureau RMI confirmed.

Meteorologists define a heatwave as five successive days of temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius or more. On three of those days, the temperature must rise to at least 30 degrees.

The Ukkel/Uccle-based RMI said 25.8 degrees was recorded on Friday, 28.1 on Saturday, 30.2 on Sunday and 30.1 degrees on Monday.

And at 2.10pm on Tuesday, the mercury rose to 30.2 degrees. It might also have risen further as the afternoon progressed.

Once Tuesday's temperature hit 30 degrees though, the RMI could officially declare a heatwave.

It did not rule out either that a heatwave could be recorded at other measuring stations around the country, except for along the coast and south of the Sambre and Maas rivers.

The RMI also said June 2005 was an exceptionally warm and very sunny month.

June 2006 has already recorded 111 hours of sun, giving rise to the possibility that 200 hours of sun will be recorded this month.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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