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.
Czechs will join millions of people around the globe in turning off their
lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a
symbolic show of support for the Earth Hour campaign against climate
Earth Hour will dim some of Prague’s best known landmarks including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square or the Žižkov TV tower.
Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic first marked Earth Hour in 2012. Thirteen cities and eighty towns and villages are expected to join the campaign this year.
Major ski resort operators in the Czech Republic report more than enough
snow on the slopes and expect to stay open until at least Easter and as
late as mid-April.
Ski hills saw renewed interest at the weekend with the return of freezing temperatures, although strong winds in areas forced resorts to close some slopes and lifts. René Hroneš from the ski hill Špindlerův Mlýn told the Czech News Agency that 100 km/h winds had forced some trails and lifts to close, admitting that skiing options were limited to only parts of the resort.
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.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall is expected to bring up to 10 centimetres of fresh
snow to the south of the country by Sunday morning.
The Šumava mountains in the southwest could see up to 15 centimetres of fresh snow. Drivers have been warned to expect traffic complications and not to set out for the mountains without winter gear.
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.
Maintenance crews and firemen have been struggling to deal with the damage
caused by the gale force winds that swept through the Czech Republic on
Thursday night, bringing down power lines and stopping trains. Fire
brigades were called to 700 emergencies in the wake of the storm and 30,000
homes were left without power.
Most rail routes were cleared in the course of Friday morning although over 5,000 households in the northern and western parts of the country were still without power. Many roads remain impassable and drivers have been asked not to set out on longer journeys if at all possible.
The Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the north-western parts of the country is closed to tourists because of the danger of falling trees. Thousands of trees were uprooted by the storm and many others are damaged.
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