Will Prague Cool Off?

Heat warnings are in effect through Friday, but rain forecast later this weekend

The Czech Republic is in the midst of a historic drought, but relief might soon be on the horizon.

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Temperatures in the country have been in the mid-to-high 30s for the past week, with daily record highs commonly reported at measuring stations throughout Bohemia and Moravia.

Last Saturday, the country came within a half a degree of the all-time record high, as a temperature of 40 degrees celsius was reported at Řež u Prahy.  

Today, heat warnings are in effect for most of the Czech Republic. Prague and surrounding areas have a warning of “extremely high temperatures,” according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute

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Fire warnings are also in effect for most of the country. The city of Prague has banned outdoor grilling in parks until further notice due to the risk of fire, and local cemeteries have even prohibited the lighting of memorial candles.  

It may not feel like it at the moment, but the heat wave may not last much longer.

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“The onset [of a cold front] on Saturday and Sunday will be associated with heavy storms,” the Hydrometeorological Institute’s Jaroslav Rosa told iDnes, “which can be accompanied by localized torrential downpours, hail, and strong winds.”

Isolated thunderstorms might be seen in some areas of the Czech Republic as early as Friday night. Heavy storms are forecast for most areas on Saturday and Sunday, continuing into next week.

For further weather updates, keep an eye on the Hydrometeorological Institute’s website, or your preferred forecaster (I’ve always found the Norwegian site yr.no to be pretty accurate). 

Let the rains come. 

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