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.
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 dropped to minus 20 degrees Celsius in the Šumava region in West Bohemia on Monday night, breaking a record for the coldest day set back in 1992. Then the temperature fell to minus 17.9 degrees. No other records were broken on Monday night, according to the Czech weather office. Drivers were warned of ice Tuesday morning though most roads appeared to be usable with care. With rain expected later on Tuesday afternoon a major freeze-up threatens.
Record freezing temperatures were registered in parts of the Czech Republic in the early hours of Monday, with the coldest being in Rolava in the region of Karlovy Vary: -17.5 degrees Celsius. Temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius were recorded at 14 measuring stations, Petr Dvořák of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute confirmed.
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The unseasonably warm weather has been breaking temperature records around the country. Five monitoring stations on Wednesday recorded the highest ever measurements taken in November since recording began in 1775. The highest temperature – 18.9 degrees Celsius - was recorded in Husinec in South Bohemia. Temperatures should cool down a little at the weekend but next week is still expected to stay unusually warm.
Meteorologists have warned the public to brace for a severe heatwave, which is expected to hit the Czech Republic on Friday afternoon. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday should hover between 31 and 35 degrees Celsius in most of the country. In East Bohemia and South Moravia they could reach up to 37 degrees Celsius, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute said on Thursday. Doctors have advised people to stay out of the sun and limit physical activity. Dry weather and high temperatures have also prompted meteorologists to issue a heightened fire warning for the weekend.
Meteorologists have been issuing health warnings with respect to the tropical heatwave that is expected to hit the Czech Republic over the weekend. Temperatures on Sunday and Monday should hit 37 degrees Celsius with the worst conditions expected in the big cities. People have been advised to stay out of the sun and limit physically straining activities as much as possible. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Sunday is a public holiday dedicated to the missionaries Cyril and Methodius who brought Christianity to the Czech lands and hundreds of believers are expected to undertake the annual pilgrimage to Velehrad.
Tuesday’s heatwave broke temperature records around the country. The highest temperature –just over 29 degrees Celsius -was registered in the town of Vyšsí Brod, south Bohemia. In Príbram meteorologists registered a high of 25.4 degrees breaking a hundred year old record. According to a long-term forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute temperatures throughout the month of May are expected to stay above-average.