Wednesday was the hottest day so far this year in the Czech Republic, with
a high of 38.9 degrees Celsius registered in Doksany in the north-west of
the country. It is also the overall Czech temperature record for the month
of June. Record temperatures for June 26 were recorded at 90 percent of
stations that have been active for over 30 years.
Temperatures should cool a little on Thursday and Friday, but the heatwave is likely to return at the weekend, with daytime highs reaching up to 38 degrees Celsius.
This May was the coldest for the last 28 years with an average temperature
for the month of 10.7 degrees Celsius, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute wrote on its website on Tuesday. In 2018, the average temperature
for the month of May was 16.2 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature during the month was May 7, when temperatures dropped below zero at 150 measuring stations around the country.
The Czech Republic is expected to experience a spell of Arctic weather in
the coming fortnight. Meteorologists have warned that a cold front moving
west from Siberia will hit the country in the coming days bringing
sub-degree day temperatures during the daytime and night temperatures
dropping to -20 degrees Celsius in places.
On Saturday night time lows in Kvilda, in the Šumava Mountains reached -32 degrees Celsius. A warming is expected at the end of the month.
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.
This year’s April was the second warmest in Prague since 1775, when a
weather station at the city centre Clementinum first began keeping records.
The average temperature in the fourth month of the year was 15.6 degrees
Celsius. This was over 6 degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term average
The jump in average temperature from March to April was 11.7 degrees Celsius. That was the third highest change between months since 1775.
Temperature records were set around the Czech Republic on Sunday. Seven measuring stations in South Bohemia that have been keeping records for more than 20 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day. The hottest place in the country was Volary in Prachatice region, where it was 23.8 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists expect more temeprature records may tobe broken on Monday.
After an unusually hot weekend, temperatures are expected to drop next week. The rest of the month should bring average temperatures for the time of year, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute said in its regular four-week forecast issued on Saturday. Next week, temperatures are expected to hover around 12 degrees Celsius, while in the following three-week period they can reach up to 18 degrees Celsius. Rainfall should be slightly above average for the month of April.
Weather forecasters have said that January was the coldest for the last 11 years with an average temperature for the month of minus 5 degrees Celsius. In 2006 the average fell to minus 6 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature during the month, minus 34.6 degrees Celsius, occurred at a 1,100 metre high site in the Šumava national park in Western Bohemia.
After 17 years of preparation and around 10 billion euros (around 270 billion crowns) of investment, Europe’s satellite navigation system Galileo should be launched on Thursday, and the roll-out will be followed closely in Prague where one of the key agencies involved, Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has been based for the last four years.