Monday, 28 June 2021

Yellow Warnings and Recommendations - New Croatian Heatwave Starts Today

28 June, 2021 – After a brief period of somewhat pleasant temperatures, today marks the beginning of yet another new Croatian heatwave.

The weather was rather cool throughout spring, however, it seems summer is back, and with a vengeance. After one stifling heatwave ran its course last week, leaving many feeling the effects of exposure to sun, a new Croatian heatwave is now upon us.

Croatian meteorologists are now warning of a new Croatian heatwave beginning today. According to HRT,  it will supposedly reach its highest temperature during the middle of this week. Heat waves aren't particularly unusual in Croatia, but this year they seem to be starting earlier than normal. In addition, the fact they were preceded by cooler than usual May weather makes their impact seem even more dramatic.

Yellow Warning

A weather alarm is in place across Croatia for this week with what is known as Yellow Warning in effect for some regions. More precisely, for Kvarner area, Central Croatia and the Dubrovnik area. Temperatures will rise in the upper thirties with daily highs in certain areas potentially reaching 38°C. Recommendations are to keep out of the sun and consume plenty of water. Of course, sunscreen is always a good idea should you really need to be out in it.

Interestingly, there is also a warning from HAK as well. They are instructing drivers to start longer drives early in the morning or through the night. It would be smart to avoid driving during the hottest parts of the day as a new Croatian heatwave bites. It is also important to remember to stay very well hydrated and use air-conditioning when in the car. Unfortunately, this year we saw a tragic event involving a child being left in a car as the sun beat down on the vehicle, ending with deadly consequences. As such warnings against leaving children or animals in cars for even a few minutes are also useful to remind ourselves of regularly.

Regardless of whether you're going to the beach to enjoy your holiday or you're working outdoors, make sure to keep track of the weather warnings this week as a new Croatian heatwave holds us in its grip. Be especially cautious when organising trips within Croatia, and of course – make sure to stay hydrated at all times.

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Friday, 25 September 2020

If You're Out And About, Watch Out For The Weather In Croatia Today

ZAGREB September 25, 2020 – The changeable weather in Croatia today is expected to continue for much of the weekend and is the strongest signifier yet that autumn has arrived

Residents of Zagreb today woke to the sounds of thunder and rainfall. It was not altogether much of a surprise. Partially cloudy skies and some rain had been predicted for the days leading up to the weekend. Enjoyably warm temperatures and clear, sunny skies on Thursday 24 September may have signalled a reprieve. However, the weather in Croatia today has taken a turn for the worse. So much so, that the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) have issued a weather warning.

The weather in Croatia today is being influenced by a cyclone that is making its way across northern Italy and is expected to rise north, further into continental Europe. Its consequences are a strong shift in air pressure.

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How does this affect the weather in Croatia today and what exactly are the weather warnings?

Rain is expected throughout Friday morning, with the likelihood of thunderstorms growing as the day continues. Temperatures in many parts of the country should still remain in the 20s.

The mountainous regions running inland down the length of the Croatian coast will see strong winds and heavy rain. Today is not a day for hiking in the high peaks of the Dinaric Alps. The specific warnings for the weather in Croatia today pertain to possible flooding. So great is the volume of expected rain that low-lying areas of inland Dalmatia and coastal Dalmatia could see some floods. Anyone currently sailing in Croatia would be best advised to stay ashore today. The seas will be choppy and the winds strong.

The changeable weather is sadly expected to continue for much of the weekend and is the strongest signifier yet that autumn has arrived in Croatia. On the highest peaks, some snow may even fall towards the tail end of the weekend. Although we can't promise that next week we will see the return of yesterday's glorious conditions, the weather is expected to stabilise on Monday after the passing of the cyclone and a more even air pressure returns. You can look to put on your hiking boots and unfurl your sails again soon enough.

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