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Romania, SE Europe weather hotter than in Congo!

Marţi, 26 iunie 2007, 0:00

Heat protection, Athens-style (Photo: AP)

Temperatures today exceeded the 40 degrees Celsius threshold in Romania and in most of the states in the South and South-East Europe. Regional temperatures are higher than those registered in several African countries, among which Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi or Morrocco, which registered maxims of 25, 28 and 32 degrees Celsius.

Photo gallery: Heat wave across SE Europe

In Romania, National Meteorology Administration issued on Monday a renewed weather warning, which institutes an orange code in 8 Romanian counties, including the capital city. According to the data, Tuesday, temperatues will reach 40 degrees Celsius in the Southern part of the country.

As a result, members of the national committee for emergency situations will meet on Wednesday to decide the measures to be taken in order to reduce the effects of the drought. Organized at the headquarters of the Interior Ministry, the meeting will be headed by Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu Tariceanu.

Meteorologists in Greece, quoted by local newspapers, argue that this month was the hottest in the last 90 years.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria confronts with extreme temperatures for this period, hight temperatures in the last week grew in the first couple of days of this week, experts saying that Tuesday will be the hottest ever registered.

Central and Southern part of Italy are affected by the extremly hot weather conditions, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in several cities. Monday, the thermometer reached 45 degrees Celsius in Catania, Sicilly and several fires sprang because of the heat.

June 25th was the hottest day also for Hungarians, meteorologists announcing temperatures of over 36 degrees Celsius at shade, in Baranya region in the South and 34 degrees in Budapest. The previous registered record was on June 25th 1962 when temperatures reached 34.6 degrees Celsius, in the South-East part.

Africa registeres spring temperatures

While South and South=East European state fight extreme temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius, some countries in the Central and Northern part of the African continent, area considered the hottest on the globe, is enjoying maximums of only 27-28 degrees Celsius. Countries like Central African Republic, Rwanda and Kenya registered temperature of 25, 24 and 22 degrees.

The hottest African country was Ethiopia, at Addis Ababa where thermometeres indicated 43 degrees Celsius, with only 3 degrees more than Bucharest. Egypt also scores better than Romania. Cairo faces temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius.

However, the highest temperature on the globe, 58 degrees Celsius was registered in Azizizah (Lybia) on September 13th 1922.

Temperatures registered on the African continent on Tuesday:

Democratic Republic of Congo: 25 degrees Celsius (Kinshasa)
Central African Republic: 25 degrees Celsius (Bangui)
Chad: 35 degrees Celsius (Ndjamena)
Algeria: 27 degrees Celsius (Alger)
Burundi: 28 degrees Celsius (Bujumbura)
Cameroun: 27 degrees Celsius (Yaounde)
Egypt: 37 degrees Celsius (Cairo)
Ethiopia: 43 degrees Celsius (Addis Ababa)
Kenya: 22 degrees Celsius (Nairobi)
Morrocco: 32 degrees Celsius (Rabat)
Nigeria: 33 degrees Celsius (Abuja)

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