A new heat wave to hit Turkey

Turkey is facing a new heat wave coming in from the Balkans and the middle Mediterranean region.

A new heat wave to hit Turkey

Turkey is facing a new heat wave coming in from the Balkans and the middle Mediterranean region.

Temperatures are expected to rise by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius across the country, with meteorologists predicting the thermometer to rise over 40 C in western Turkey. In particular, experts say the heat will be at its peak at 5 p.m.

The whole country is experiencing one of its hottest summers since records began. The General Directorate of State Meteorological Affairs reports that temperatures are already 8 to 10 degrees above seasonal norms. The same problem is being experienced throughout the Balkans and southeast Europe, leaving no one untouched by the extreme weather.

The western and Aegean regions of Turkey are already being hit by the new heat wave. In İstanbul, the mercury is predicted to shoot to 40 degrees, but coupled with a 60-percent humidity rate it will feel much higher.

In the Aegean region, the temperatures are expected to range between 38 and 44 degrees. The governorships of İzmir and Manisa have announced that, due to the heat, any public workers who are either pregnant, disabled or have a cardiac problem will be given official leave.

The regional director of State Meteorology Affairs in Istanbul, Mustafa Yıldırım, informed the press of the highest temperatures observed in Turkey yesterday: 43 in Edirne, 41 in Kırklareli, 40 in Balıkesir, 39 in Bursa and 38 in Çanakkale, Kocaeli and Sakarya according to the directorate.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 13:28
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