July 16, 2023 – It is getting hotter – an overview of the current weather and what’s in store this week, including a red alarm for one Croatian region, reports Index.hr.
The State Hydrometeorological Institute warned of high temperatures in most of the country. The Institute of Public Health called on citizens to be extra careful.
An orange warning is in effect for the Split, Rijeka and Osijek regions today, which means great danger, and for tomorrow it has been issued for the whole country. Temperatures up to 40°C are expected next week. The heat wave will last until Thursday, and a red alert has been issued for the Split region for Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the weather will change – showers, locally and thunderstorms, can be in most parts of central and eastern Croatia. From Thursday, the temperature is a little lower, still unstable, so there may be short-term scattered rain. During those days, there may be some unbelief in the northern Adriatic, while it will remain dry, sunny and hot in Dalmatia, Krunoslav Mikec from DHMZ forecasts for HRT.
Detailed forecast for today
In the field of medium pressure, very warm and moisture-poor air will flow to us on Sunday as well. Therefore, Sunday will be sunny and hot in Slavonia and Baranja. Only occasionally after the middle of the day, slight to moderate clouds, and in the morning fog is possible along the rivers in places. The temperature during the day is around 35 degrees. So much is expected in the central part of Croatia, also along the southwestern and western parts.
However, in the far north of the country, slightly lower temperature values, in the afternoon with a weak to moderate northerly wind, with moderate cloud cover.
Sunny in mountainous Croatia and the northern Adriatic. A weak and moderate south-westerly, sometimes southerly wind will blow at sea. The sea temperature is around 26, 27 degrees. And the highest air temperature from 30 to 33 degrees in Lika and Gorski Kotar and between 32 and 35 degrees in the northern Adriatic.
The same values in the central Adriatic, and in the interior of Dalmatia a little more – up to 36, 37 degrees. Sunday in these areas sunny with a weak to moderate southwesterly and westerly and with a calm and slightly wavy sea.
Sea and wind are similar in the extreme south of Croatia. It will be sunny there too, almost cloudless, and hot, sometimes very hot. The highest temperature is between 34 and 37, a little lower in places on the coast and islands.
It will be mostly sunny and hot and very hot in the coming days inland. Passing more clouds on Monday and Tuesday in the afternoon, especially in the northwest and north of the country with an increased probability of a few showers, possibly even more pronounced. There will be scattered rain and local thundershowers, possibly thunderstorms, most likely on Wednesday.
You shouldn’t count on rain on the Adriatic. It will be very hot with a temperature of around 35, sometimes even 40 degrees. And the nights will be very warm in some places, especially in urban areas. A little relief from the heat can be brought by a moderate mistral in some places.
Cool your home and drink plenty of fluids
High air temperature can cause health problems, especially for sensitive groups such as small children, chronic patients, the elderly and people who work outdoors. That is why it is recommended for everyone to protect themselves from extreme heat – when they go out, they must protect themselves or stay away from the heat, cool down their home and drink enough fluids.
As a result of the high temperatures, the possibility of heat stroke increases, especially for people with health problems, warns the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ). Chronic patients, especially those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, people over 65, children, outdoor workers, athletes, soldiers… are at the greatest risk.
HZJZ says that adequate measures should be taken during extreme heat, including avoiding exposure to direct sunlight and going out during the hottest part of the day. It is recommended to consume enough fluids, i.e. non-carbonated water or low-calorie drinks without caffeine, alcohol and sugar, wear light clothes and headgear, eat small meals with fresh fruits and vegetables and shower with lukewarm water.
It is equally important to adjust the temperature of the room where you are staying. When using air conditioning, care should be taken that the required temperature is not lower than seven degrees Celsius than the outside temperature. It is also dangerous to leave children or animals in a parked vehicle during hot weather. During the period of extreme heat, it is important to adhere to the recommendations of local health institutions and warnings about heat waves, emphasized the HZJZ.