Extreme weather conditions, such as the current droughts, are likely to become a regular feature in the Czech Republic in the future. But scientists say the Czech government is not doing enough to address the problem. In an open letter addressed to Czech politicians, experts urge lawmakers to step up their efforts in dealing with water management and drought.
Temperatures over the next four weeks should not fall below average for the
time of year, with daytime highs hovering around 25 degrees Celsius,
according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech
The coming week should see temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius. Rain and storms are also expected but precipitation for the whole four-week period should be below the long-term average.
Meteorologists have issued a severe storm warning for most parts of the
Czech Republic. The storms are expected to hit the country on Thursday
afternoon and could be accompanied by strong winds and hail.
The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute has also warned of an increased risk of fires in the South Moravian region due to high temperatures, which could reach 33 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
Czech hydrogeologist Jiří Šíma is a leading expert in the field of water management. Since the mid-1980s, he has been involved in various water management and environmental projects in Africa, mainly in Ethiopia. He created a series of hydrogeological maps documenting the country’s water resources and has been cooperating on various projects with the Czech Development Agency and the NGO People in Need.
The Czech Republic is one of the weakest states in the European Union when
it comes to combatting climate change, according to Climate Action Network
Europe. The Brussels-based organisation placed the Czech Republic 20th in
the bloc on the basis of criteria including efforts to reach targets for
the year 2020 set by the EU and enacted into legislation nine years ago.
The Czech Republic was directly behind Slovakia in the table created by Climate Action Network Europe. Sweden was judged the most successful EU country in tackling climate change while Poland was seen as having most to do.
Storms and torrential rain hit several regions of the Czech Republic on
Saturday evening, flooding cellars and roads.
In Prague fire-fighters were called to over 50 emergencies, including one at the St. Agnes Cloister in the Old Town, where they pumped water from the cellars. A young woman who had been geocaching is believed to have drowned in the Vltava because of the storm.
In Šumperk a train ploughed into a fallen tree, but no one was reported hurt in the accident. A storm alert remains in place until Sunday evening.
May was the hottest month in the Czech Republic since 1811, the Czech
Hydro-meteorological Institute reported on Thursday. The average monthly
temperature was 19.6 degrees Celsius.
And the average temperatures from May and June together are the highest since monitoring started in the Czech lands back in 1752.
Temperatures over the next month should not fall below average for the time
of year, while the week beginning June 18 is likely to be warmer than
usual, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech
The coming week should see temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius. Rain and storms are also expected during the week but precipitation for the whole month of June should not exceed the long-term average.
The weather in the Czech Republic at present is “40 days ahead”, with
daytime highs corresponding to those normally seen at the start of the
summer holidays, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday.
According to data released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, temperatures over the last 30 days reached an average of 16.2 degrees Celsius. Those values tend to be recorded in the period from June 6 to July 5.
Insurance companies say the damage caused by Thursday’s flash floods is
likely to reach tens of millions of crowns.
Insurers say hundreds of insurance claims were made in the course of Friday and more are expected in the coming days, since many people and institutions were engaged in emergency clean-up work and are only now taking stock of the damage.
Flash floods hit dozen of towns and villages in the central, southern and western parts of Bohemia.