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.
The high winds that battered the Czech Republic on Sunday are dying down
and life in the country is slowly returning to normal.Several hundred
thousand households were still without power on Monday morning and trains
are not running along 22 routes that remain blocked by fallen trees.
Two people were killed by falling trees on Sunday and people have been warned not to venture into forests or wooded areas since many trees undermined by the hurricane-force winds could still fall. The material damage is expected to reach billions of crowns.
Heavy rain overnight and on Sunday has swollen rivers in north Bohemia with a flood alert in place in the Liberec and Hradec Kralove regions. Second and third degree alerts are in place in many villages along the Labe, Jizera and Kamenice rivers which have exerienced flash floods in the past. Anti-flood measures are being effected, such as bags of sand being placed along the embanments. The situation is expected to improve at the start of the week.
Hurricane-force winds have been battering the Czech Republic, taking lives,
bringing down trees, power lines and damaging property. The worst problems
are reported in the western and central parts of the country where two
people were killed by falling trees and thousands of homes are without
The power utility CEZ has declared a calamity situation in seven regions. Many roads and rail tracks are blocked by fallen trees and emergency crews have been responding to hundreds of calls since the early hours of Sunday.
Peope have been advised to take extreme caution and not leave their homes if possible. In the mountain regions the force of the wind may reach 160 km per hour. A high wind warning is in force until midnight.
The Czech weather office has issued a warning of extremely high winds
across the Czech Republic from midnight on Saturday until Sunday evening.
Wind speeds could reach 11-16 metres a second with gusts of up to 35 metres a second or 125 kilometres an hour, the office says.
On high ground wind speeds could reach 160 kilometres an hour .Power lines are in danger and electricity supplies could be cut. There is a threat of widespread damage and threat to lives, the office adds.
Snow could fall on areas above 600 metres, the forecasters warn. The high winds are expected to die out towards the evening.
Monday saw unusually mild weather across many parts of the Czech Republic,
with a new record for warmest temperature set in more than 100 years in
On the date of October 16, the warmest previously recorded temperature in České Budějovice was 23 degrees Celsius in 1885. This Monday, the temperature registered was 25.8 degrees Celsius.