Third Degree Code Red Heat Alert

Posted on 19 June 2012

Mrs Gyula Horvath has a leaf on her head to protect against the sun as she hoes in a sunflower field on the border of Balatonmagyaród on Monday. The country’s chief medical officer issued a level-2 heat alert from 18 to 21 June.

Unbearable heat will continue to grip the country over the next two days with daily temperatures of 34 to 36 Celsius and extreme high ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation levels, the weather services said on Wednesday.
State news agency MTI reported that a third-degree code red heat alert, the highest, is in place for Budapest along with nine counties, mostly in the eastern and central regions: daily mean temperatures have exceeded 27 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days and daytime highs above 35 degrees were recorded.

Authorities are asking people to increase their liquid intake and not to expose their skin to direct sunlight as UV-B radiation levels will continue to be extreme high, at mark 8, in the next two days: there is a high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure, 15 minutes could cause burns, MTI said. Commuters tried to cope by coming in early on Wednesday morning, with the bus from Budakeszi packed at rush-hour levels at 6am.

Thursday evening will bring some relief with a cold front pushing the mercury down to a more seasonal 25-30 degrees.