The heatwave which is currently occupying Croatia is about to hit its peak.
On Wednesday at Split Airport in Kaštel Štafilić temperatures hit 42.3°C, say Dalmacijadanas, which was the highest temperature in all of Europe on Wednesday.
In Sinj on Wednesday at 3:00 pm temperatures measured 40.1°C, which broke the official record of 39.7°C set on 22 August 2000.
There was also a record set in Zadar when temperatures past the old record of 39.0°C set on 22 July 2015 and hit 39.7°C on Wednesday.
At Plitvice Lakes temperatures were recorded at 37.9°C at 16:00, which was hotter than the previous highest of 37.8°C set on 21 August 2000. In Imotski another record was set as temperatures climbed to 39.8°C at 14:00.
A red alert has been issued by the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service for all of the country for the next few days, except the channel under Velebit mountain.
The next three days will be sunny and extremely hot all over the country, with temperatures on Thursday and Friday to reach up to 40 °C in parts and even more in inland Dalmatia.
At 7:00 am this morning, temperatures were already in the 30s °C in Split (30.6°C) and Šibenik (30.5°C), whilst it was a toasty 29.5 °C on the island of Lastovo and 28°C in Rijeka.
The highest ever temperatures recorded in Croatia were 42.8°C in the town of Ploče on 4 August 1981, and 42,4°C in Karlovac on 5 July 1950, and that record could be in threat over the next few days.
The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service have warned people to again take care in extreme temperatures by consuming plenty of fluids, keeping out of the sun during peak hours (10am-5pm), eating light foods and wearing light clothing. The warning especially concerns small children, pregnant women, and those with heart or other related conditions.
Things are expected to cool down slightly next week as the heat wave passes.