Whilst temperature records around Croatia were broken on Wednesday and Thursday, forecasters predict it to get even hotter over the weekend.
A red alert has again been issued for all of Croatia, with temperatures to rise on Friday and into the weekend as a heatwave, dubbed ‘lucifer’ intensifies.
The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service said temperatures of 42°C were expected today, with temperatures soaring to a scorching 44°C in Slavonia in the east of the country.
It is expected to hit the 40s°C in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, and Karlovac over the weekend, whilst Knin will be 42°C.
It will also be scorching on the Dalmatian coast on Friday and into the weekend, with temperatures not dropping below 30°C overnight.
On Wednesday this week at Split Airport in Kaštel Štafilić temperatures hit 42.3°C, which was the highest temperature in all of Europe on the day.
Records also fell in Sinj (40.1°C), Zadar (39.7°C), Plitvice Lakes (37.9°C) and in Imotski (39.8°) earlier in the week.
The heatwave has hit the region with the Italians naming it ‘Lucifer’. Many warnings have been issued urging people to take care. Respite from the heat is expected to come on Monday when the heatwave is forecast to pass.