Temperatures Could Hit 40C in Hungary

  • 4 Aug 2017 8:50 AM
Temperatures Could Hit 40C in Hungary
The National Weather Service has issued the highest, third-degree heat alert for Bács, Békés, Csongrád and Jász counties. Peak temperatures could reach 39-40C degrees and in some parts of Hungary 41C in the next few days. The hottest weather is expected from Friday to Sunday.

City workers are continuously cooling streets and tram tracks in Budapest and distributing drinking water for free at railway stations and several places in the capital in the coming days.

Swimming baths will stay open one hour later and the Economy Ministry is stepping up checks on working conditions.

Budapest public transport workers union EKSZ has asked the BKV to immediately ease working conditions for bus and tram drivers in the extreme heat.

In some locations, bus drivers have to wait in overheated vehicles with nowhere to cool off, nor fresh drinking water.

The union threatened to complain to the labour protection authority.

Meanwhile, the consumption of mineral water has soared, leaving some producers unable to meet demand, HírTV reported.

One major retail chain says four times as much bottled mineral water is being sold in some outlets than on an average summer day.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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