Stay cool out there: the first day of August is bringing a heat wave with it throughout the Czech Republic, with meteorologists forecasting the hottest day of the year in most regions, including Prague and Central Bohemia.
The Czech Meteorological Institute has issued a warning of “very high temperatures” throughout the entire country for today, valid until 20:00 this evening.
The hottest temperatures are predicted to hit from 12:30 this afternoon. In Prague, they are expected to reach a high of 38 degrees.
After Tuesday, however, a minor cold front is expected to reduce highs to around 30 degrees celsius through the rest of the week.
Recommended tips for hot weather: drink plenty of water (and other non-alcoholic beverages), avoid the midday sun, and use sunscreen while outdoors. Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
Reports of fires have also been on the increase in recent days: firefighters responded to 59 fires on Saturday, 66 on Sunday, and 89 on Sunday. Typically seen in fields around the country, the frequent cause of these fires is the malfunction of agricultural equipment.
Last year, fires resulted in 45 million crowns worth of damages to Czech crops.
Prague isn’t the only major Czech city to be facing extreme heat today.
Over in Brno, the tropical temperatures have led to warping of the tram tracks. The city’s department of public transportation released these photos on their official Facebook page:
Stay up to date with Czech weather updates at the official site of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.