Summer records hottest day of the year

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20 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The hottest day of the year so far was recorded on Wednesday, but temperatures fell short of an all-time Belgian record.

20 July 2006

BRUSSELS — The hottest day of the year so far was recorded on Wednesday, but temperatures fell short of an all-time Belgian record.

A temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Kleine-Brogel in the province of Limburg. The municipality said that was the hottest temperature recorded there since the airbase was established 53 years ago.

Wednesday's maximum was three degrees higher than the previous 2006 record, recorded also in Kleine-Brogel on 4 July.

But it fell short of topping Belgium's highest temperature ever: 38.7 degrees recorded by meteorological bureau RMI in Haacht in Flemish Brabant.

The Uccle-based RMI recorded a temperature of 35.9 degrees, but higher temperatures were recorded in the Kempen region and northern Limburg due to the sandy soil base.

Elsewhere, temperatures hit 31 degrees along the coast and 35 degrees inland.

Belgium is now officially in the grip of a heatwave, which could continue for a few more days. It is the second heatwave of July and the summer's third.

The warning level of 180 micrograms of ozone per cubic metres of air was breached in almost every region of the country on Wednesday. Only Brussels and small parts of Wallonia had lower ozone concentrations.

The public is advised to drink sufficiently and avoid heavy physical exertions outside.

The alarm level of 240 micrograms of ozone was not breached. The highest level was recorded in Berendrecht in the province of Antwerp where 221 micrograms was recorded. In Moerkerke, 235 micrograms of ozone was recorded on Tuesday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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