Ozone warning issued, water usage up by 10pc
4 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Temperatures of up to 34 degrees are forecast for Tuesday, making it the hottest day of the summer so far. An ozone warning has also been issued.
4 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Temperatures of up to 34 degrees are forecast for Tuesday, making it the hottest day of the summer so far. An ozone warning has also been issued.
There was less ozone in the air on Monday than forecast, meaning the 'warning level' of 180 micrograms per cubic metre was not breached.
But forecasts have indicated ozone levels will be higher on Tuesday, posing problems for people who are sensitive to air pollution.
The EU-imposed alarm level of 240 micrograms per cubic metre might even be breached.
"If that happens, everyone can have problems from the high concentration of ozone," a spokesman for the federal environment institute said.
Anyone who is sensitive to air pollution is warned against undertaking heavy physical exertions outside and is advised to remain indoors.
High concentrations of ozone are most likely to occur in warm areas where there is little wind.
It will only become clear late Tuesday afternoon whether ozone warning or alarm levels have been breached.
Meanwhile, Belgian residents are using 10 percent more water than normal due to the hot weather.
But the Flemish water supply utility said this was a normal increase in use and it did not expect any problems with the water supply.
In the 2006 summer's first heatwave, recorded on 9-13 June, water use increased by 20 percent.
The warn weather in June 2005 led to a 70 percent increase in normal water usage. Water shortages were reported in Hageland and Limburg.
And while the current warm weather has not yet been officially classified as a heatwave, meteorological bureau RMI has forecast that the pre-conditions will be met by the end of the week.
A heatwave is defined as five consecutive days of 25 degrees, three of which are 30 degrees or more.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news