Extraordinarily high temperatures that forced Hungarian authorities to issue a top-level heat alert over the weekend will be put an end to by a belt of cold air accompanied by northwestern storms on Wednesday, the day which will also see temperatures peak across the country.
The National Meteorological Service has now issued the highest-level storm alert for the entire countries except the western Győr-Moson-Sopron, Komárom-Esztergom and Veszprém counties for Wednesday and temperatures could possibly reach 40 °C in the country’s eastern and southeastern areas on the same day before a batch of cold air shortly moves in.
The arrival of the belt of air, some 15 °C colder than current temperatures, will bring about strong northwestern winds of a speed of up to 90 kilometres an hour, followed by thunderstorms and hale. Strong tides of wind may possibly break branches, level trees and cause inconveniences in traffic. The wind may also damage roofs and energy and telecommunications cables.
Authorities have asked the population to close doors and windows during strong wind and, if possible, avoid going outdoors. Objects in the garden should be taken under cover because these could cause damage if lifted by the wind. Pedestrians should avoid trees and objects hanging from roofs and those relaxing at lakes or at festivals should also take special care to follow directions.
People at home should cut off the electricity suply to household appliances because these could be damaged by lightning. In the event of lightning strike, those outdoors should avoid solitary trees, antennas and larger metal structures, as well as higher spots of terrain. Buildings and closed cars offer safe refuge from lightning.
On Thursday, temperatures will fall to a milder 24-29 °C