ZAGREB, 9 July – The first real heatwave is set to hit Croatia in the middle of the week, starting from Tuesday, with its peak on Wednesday when an orange alert has been issued for all parts of the country.
Scorching heat is on its way and forecasters say temperatures could reach up to 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.
The reason behind this is the arrival of hot air from North Africa, 24sata reports.
The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) has issued an orange-level warning, indicating a high risk to health.
The daytime maximum temperatures on Sunday will generally range between 29 and 34 degrees Celsius, according to DHMZ’s official website.
DHMZ’s recommendations during heatwaves
The DHMZ has provided recommendations for citizens during heatwaves.
“In the last decade, there has been a trend of rising temperatures during the summer period, which affects the health of millions of people. The world is already experiencing the harmful effects of heatwaves, and they are likely to increase. Europe has witnessed an increase in mortality associated with extreme heat, and estimates indicate the likelihood of increased health risks due to heatwaves, which have serious health and social consequences. Given that timely preventive measures can reduce the number of deaths caused by heatwaves, we are providing you with recommendations for protection during extreme heat,” wrote the DHMZ.
Some of the recommendations include avoiding going out in the sun between 10 am and 5 pm, wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing made of natural materials, wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a cap and sunglasses when you are out in the sun, stay hydrated by drinking regularly, but avoiding alcohol and beverages with excessive caffeine and sugar.