Meteorologists have issued a high-alert ice warning for the eastern parts
of the country, which they say will present a danger to both drivers and
pedestrians. The warning is valid from 6pm on Sunday until midday on
Icy conditions in the western parts of the country on Friday resulted in a significant increase in the number of accidents and injuries.
Up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow could fall in South Bohemia, Vysočina
and north-eastern parts of the Czech Republic on Monday, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute has warned. Most of the snow will be in
highland areas but it will also be seen in some low-lying parts.
According to a regular four-week forecast issued on Saturday, temperatures in the coming week should hover just above 0 degrees Celsius during the day. While those values will be below average, the following weeks are expected to see average daytime highs for the time of year. Precipitation will also be around average for most of the coming month, forecasters predict.
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Record warm temperatures were seen in several parts of the Czech Republic
on Friday, mainly in Moravia and Silesia. Record temperatures for November
2 were seen at 18 stations keeping records for 30 years or more. The
highest temperature, 21.2 degrees Celsius, was registered at Lučina near
At this time of year temperatures typically range from 5 to 9 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists have attributed the unseasonable weather to a stream of very warm air coming from south-eastern Europe.
Some 400 Czech households are still without electricity following
windstorms that hit the county on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
A spokesperson for the state-controlled utility ČEZ said the majority of affected households are located in the regions of North Moravia and East Bohemia. Up to 60,000 homes had been left at least temporarily without electricity.
The highest wind speed recorded was registered in the Sněžka Mountains, where it reached 178 kilometres per hour.
A wind warning is in effect on Thursday for the regions of Pardubice, Vysočina, Liberec, Jablonec and Znojmo.
The warmest ever night temperature for October in the Czech Republic was
recorded on Monday, meteorologists reported. No less than 19.8 degrees
Celsius was recorded in Mošnov in the Moravian Silesian Region, just
two-tenths of a degree below what forecasters consider a “tropical”
Such values are registered in the Czech Republic in July and August but rarely at other times of the year.
Strong winds overnight have left thousands of households without power and
are complicating traffic around the country.
The situation is reported to be worst in the Pardubice, Benešov and Šumperk regions where over thirty thousand households were without power on Tuesday morning.
Fire crews in the Pardubice region alone were called to 150 emergencies in the course of the night and many smaller roads were closed on Tuesday due to fallen trees. Trains are running late in several regions with dozens of connections affected.
The Indian summer that the Czech Republic has been enjoying recently is now
over, meteorologists say. Next week daytime highs are not expected to
exceed around 11 degrees Celsius while rain is also forecast. The
information comes from a regular four-week outlook issued by the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute on Friday.
Temperatures are expected to decline further in the second half of coming four-week period. However, they will be in line with long-term averages for the time of year, forecasters said.
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