Summer's here, but the heat won't last
12 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Summer arrived in true style across Belgium as temperatures soared in recent days and sun-lovers flocked to the beach, but a cooler change is forecast from Wednesday.
12 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Summer arrived in true style across Belgium as temperatures soared in recent days and sun-lovers flocked to the beach, but a cooler change is forecast from Wednesday.
Meteorology bureau RMI said temperatures reached 31 degrees Celsius on Sunday and 28.1 in Ukkel on Saturday. It followed the 25.7 degrees on Friday and 24 degrees on Thursday.
But the RMI stressed that the nation was not experiencing a heatwave, despite the fact temperatures were forecast to flirt with 30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.
A heatwave is defined as five successive days of minimum 25 degrees Celsius, three of which must reach 30 degrees.
And a cool change is forecast from Wednesday onwards, with temperatures falling to 21 and then 19 degrees on Thursday. Rain is also forecast.
Regardless of the statistics, however, the warmer weather spelled good news for Belgium's coastal resorts at the weekend.
Hotels were almost fully booked and beachside terraces were packed as thousands of day tourists escaped warm inland temperatures with trips to the beach.
But the heat also caused problems with public transport as an overhead cable broke, stranding hundreds of passengers on the line back Denderleeuw to Brussels.
Emergency services distributed water and offered medical assistance to those overcome by the heat.
Trains were diverted via another line, but maintenance on this line also caused delays. A train also came to a standstill just outside of Brussels South station, standing 400 passengers.
Problems were also reported with the coastal tram as overhead cabling broke due to the heat.
The heat also warped the road surface of the A3/E40 motorway between Brussels and Liège near Borgworm. Ten vehicles were damaged.
A pregnant woman was traveling in one of the damaged vehicles and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Meanwhile, more than 100 children were reported lost at Belgium's beaches over the weekend. Police, life guards and the Red Cross were inundated with requests for assistance on both Saturday and Sunday.
Some parents did not report their children missing for several hours, but all children were eventually reunited with their family.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news