Natural calamities were much less frequent in 2018 compared to the previous
year, according to a survey of leading insurance companies carried out by
the Czech News Agency.
Reported damages caused by natural events were down roughly by 50 percent compared to 2017, the survey shows. Most damage was caused by storms and lightning, while flooding was rare. Damage due to minor earthquakes, even rarer still, rose compared to previous years. The most afflicted regions were those of Central Bohemia, Moravia-Silesia, and Prague.
2018 was the warmest year in Prague since 1775, according to records kept
at the city centre Clementinum weather station, which went into operation
back then. The average temperature in the capital last year was 12.8
degrees Celsius, which is 3.2 degrees above the average between 1775 and
2014, forecasters said on Saturday.
The majority of the 10 warmest years registered by meteorologists at the Clementinum since the late 18th century occurred after the year 2000.
2018 was the hottest year on the territory of today’s Czech Republic
since 1961. According to freshly released data from the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the average daily temperature last year was
9.6 degrees Celsius. That was 1.7 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term
With the exception of February and March, above-average temperatures were recorded on Czech territory every month last year. April and May saw particularly high temperatures, with both the warmest since 1961.
Czechs are increasingly concerned about threats related to climate change, suggests a freshly published survey. According to the study by the Median agency, they are mostly worried about drinking water becoming scarce and the impact of drought on the food harvest. On the other hand, Czechs are less afraid of terrorism than in the past, the poll indicates.
The impact of global climate change in the Czech Republic can be felt more strongly than ever before, suggests a newly-released government report on the state of the Czech environment for the year 2017. One of the most pressing issues highlighted by the report is the alarming state of Czech forests.
One of the worst droughts in recent Czech history is still tormenting farmers, with rainfalls in October measured at just a fifth of the monthly average. The total cost of damages to Czech agriculture and forestry has been estimated to lie at around CZK 24 billion so far and some farmers say the government is not doing enough about it.
Estimated losses from the summer drought this year have topped CZK 24 billion, the website idnes.cz has reported. According to experts, 2018 will be the driest year on record, outdoing 2015, which has been the driest so far. Rainfall levels in October have so far been five times lower than the average. Prices of potatoes, beer and carp are expected to rise due to the drought.