Were you feeling hot in Dubrovnik today?
Just three weeks ago, the coast of Dalmatia welcomed snow – but today, the first summer temperature was recorded this year, reports Dalmacija Danas on April 15, 2018.
In the early afternoon hours, in the shade of Dubrovnik, temperatures measured a balmy 30 degrees Celsius! At the official DHMZ station in Dubrovnik, at 14:00, the exact temperature measured 30.2°C, which is the first recorded ‘hot’ day in April since the beginning of official meteorological measurements. The former record for April was 26.3°C which was measured on April 22, 2000. This means today’s value has blown away the former absolute record for April by almost 4 degrees!
The unannounced warming in Dubrovnik this April is the result of a combination of two factors. The first is the arrival of an extremely hot air mass that was driven by a cyclone with a center above North Africa, and the other was the effect of moderate to enhanced bura wind that blew at precisely the right time during this three-hour extreme temperature. About 16:00, the bura quieted, dropping the air temperature quickly to about 7 degrees Celsius.
Many other places in Dalmatia also recorded warmer temperatures today. The hinterland of Omiš recorded up to 27 degrees, which was not uncommon in other parts of Inland Dalmatia. Šibenik and the Split area saw 24-degree temperatures today, while the coldest part of Dalmatia was recorded in the Zadar area where temperatures did not exceed 20 degrees Celsius.
Although we are expecting a new ‘jugo’ wind on Monday that may begin with storms, it will bring a moderate drop in air temperature through Sunday.