A spell of unusually warm weather continues to break records around the
country. On Saturday, record temperatures were seen at 28 stations that
have been in operation for 30 years or more. The highest temperature, 24.4
degrees Celsius, was registered in Neumětely near Beroun in Central
According to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the following week is also set to be unusually warm for the time of year. Temperatures are only expected to drop towards the end of October. Precipitation for the whole-four-week period should not exceed the long-time average.
The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued a warning against
strong winds for most parts of the Czech Republic. The warning is valid
from Saturday evening until Monday morning.
According to meteorologists, Krkonoše and Jeseníky mountains could see winds of put to 110km/hour.
The authorities have advised people to secure their windows and garden furniture and avoid trees and older buildings as their roofs could be ripped off.
A spell of unusually warm weather broke records around the country on Thursday. Record temperatures for October 11 were seen at 62 stations keeping records for 30 years or more. The highest temperature 25.7 degrees Celsius – was registered in Husinec-Řež near Prague. The warm and sunny weather is expected to continue over the weekend.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered the Czech Republic overnight bringing
down electricity lines, damaging roofs and stopping trains due to fallen
Although fire crews worked throughout the night a number of rail tracks and roads remained closed to traffic on Monday morning and over 70,000 homes were without power.
Southern Bohemia and Moravia were the worst hit regions.
The summers of 2018 and 2003 were the hottest in the Czech Republic since
1961, when meteorologists began measuring average temperatures regularly.
According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ), the average temperature for the months of June, July and August was 19.3 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees higher than the average for the summers of 1981 through 2010.
Recently, the ČHMÚ announced that summer 2018 was the hottest ever measured at the Klementinum in Prague, which has the oldest measuring station in the Czech Republic, commissioned in 1775.
Prague saw the hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday.
The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.7 degrees Celsisu, the highest in the past 244 years.
Until this year, the summer of 2003 was the hottest in history, with an average temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius.
Record low temperatures for August 27 were registered in many parts of the
Czech Republic on Monday morning. Of 146 weather stations keeping records
for 30 years or more, 41 saw new lows. The coldest place was Volary in the
Šumava Mountains in South Bohemia, where minus 8.5 degrees Celsius was
Prague’s Clementinum was the only weather station in the country where the temperature did not fall below 10 degrees Celsius.
The ongoing hot and dry weather that continues to grip most parts of Europe is forcing Czech farmers to slaughter their cows early as they have no hay left to feed them. With grass turning brown and brittle, cows have very little to eat and livestock breeders are forced to break into their winter reserves much earlier than usual.
As the drawn-out period of drought in the Czech Republic continues many
mayors have issued a ban on using tap water to fill swimming pools and
water gardens. Regional governors are counting the costs of the drought and
preparing to ask for state compensation.
Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry is preparing a long-term strategy to fight drought. These include more water basins, landscape changes and support for water saving projects, such as contributing to the cost of reservoirs for rain water. The cost of the anti-drought measures should reach 42 billion crowns.
A fire alert is in place in ten regions of the Czech Republic, including
Prague, because of the hot dry weather. Many regions have issued a ban on
lighting fires out in the open.
The incidence of fires rose sharply in the month of July. Fire crews were called to 2,700 fires that month which is the highest number in twelve years.