The next month should see average to slightly above-average temperatures in
the Czech Republic, according to a regular four-week forecast published by
the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The coming week is expected to
see daytime highs of up to 24 degrees Celsius, which is unusual for the
time of year. The following week will be relatively cool before a return to
warm weather, forecasters say.
Precipitation will be low for the time of year until the start of May, when showers are predicted.
Large parts of Moravia and Northern and Eastern Bohemia have been dealing
with high winds and drifting snow in Arctic temperatures over the weekend.
High winds have felled trees, complicating transport, and blown roofs off houses in the east of the country. Damages to power lines have left an estimated 10,000 users without electricity on Sunday.
Temperatures in West Bohemia fell to more than minus 10 degrees Celsius during Saturday night with the cold snap expected to last for several days. The Czech weather office’s warning of high winds lasts until Sunday night in the east of the country.
The winter of 2017/2018 is one of the warmest in the Czech lands since the
end of the 18th century, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has said.
According to the institute, the average temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius
tabulated for the winter months was three degrees higher than the long-term
average of 0 degrees Celsius.
Data has been calculated at Prague’s Klementinum since 1775. The warmest of winters ever recroded was in 2006/2007, when the average temperature was 5.8 degrees Celsius.
Seventeen of 147 measuring stations in operation for 30 years registered
record temperatures for March 11. Regions which experienced the warmest
weather on Sunday were the capital Prague, Central Bohemia, and Plzeň.
The very highest temperature for this date was in Prague-Karlov: 19.5 degrees Celsius.
The freezing weather the Czech Republic has experienced in recent days is
coming to an end and temperatures could reach up to 15 degrees Celsius at
the end of March, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on
Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
In the coming fortnight daytime highs of around 6 degrees Celsius are expected, climbing to around 10 degrees Celsius in the second half of the month. It will still be rather cold at night, forecasters say.
Monday night was the coldest night of the year so far in the Czech
Republic, according to data from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
The lowest temperature, -25.5 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Jizerka in
the Jizera Mountains in the north of the country. Lows of under -20 degrees
Celsius were experienced in Šumava in the southwest.
Central Prague was the warmest place in the country during the night, with the Clementinum weather station recording -3.9 degrees Celsius.
The Czech Republic should continue to experience mild weather for the time
of year for at least two more weeks, according to the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Daytime temperatures are expected to be at
0 degrees Celsius or above until the end of January, when freezing weather
is forecast to begin.
Saturday saw record high temperatures set in a number of places, with Karviná in the Moravian Silesian Region recording 13.2 degrees Celsius.
Strong winds battered the Czech Republic on Thursday complicating traffic in many parts of the country. Traffic police reported a heightened number of accidents due to adverse weather conditions and the D8 highway leading from Prague through central and north Bohemia to the German border was closed after a strong gust of wind overturned a truck on the road. Drivers have been warned to exercise caution.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall on Thursday morning is expected to bring from five
to 12 centimetres of fresh snow to the eastern part of Moravia and Silesia.
The Beskydy mountains may see up to 20 centimetres of snow. Weather experts have also warned drivers about strong winds and snowdrifts.
Heavy snowfall on Sunday night and Monday morning complicated traffic in
some parts of the country. Around five centimetres of snow fell overnight
in the Šumava mountains and in the Vysočina region.
Jeseníky Mountains in the north east of the country saw around ten centimetres of fresh snow and further snowfall is expected during the day.