People in western Bohemia witnessed an unexpected phenomenon at the weekend
in the form of yellow snow.
The strange phenomenon was confirmed by the local meteorological office which said the unexpected yellow tinge was due to sand-laden wind from the Sahara desert.
Eyewitnesses said yellow-tinged snow was to be seen in the course of Saturday morning.
Ski resorts around the Czech Republic are witnessing one of the worst snow seasons on record, and according to long-term predictions by Czech climate experts, we can expect even less snow in the future. While the skiing season in the country’s mountains will be considerably shorter, white winters in the low-lying parts of the Czech Republic will soon become a distant memory.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic over the next four weeks should reach up
to 3 degrees Celsius during the day and fall below freezing point at night,
according to a regular monthly forecast issued by the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Those values are in line with the long-term
average for the time of year.
In the following week precipitation is expected to be below the long-term average; the following three weeks should see average levels of rain or snow.
The relatively warm weather for the time of year that the Czech Republic
has been experiencing is set to continue for another fortnight, according
to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute. Precipitation will also be lower than the long-term average.
The forecasters say typical weather for the time of year should return before mid-December. It will freeze at night and it should snow in upland areas of the country.
Freezing temperatures were recorded in many parts of the Czech Republic on
Thursday morning. The lowest temperature, minus 13 degrees Celsius, was
registered at the measuring station in Kořenov in the Jizera Mountains in
the north of the country.
The average morning temperature for the whole of the Czechia was minus 3.8 degrees Celsius. According to meteorologists, the spell of cold weather is expected to last until Saturday.
The current relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic should give way
to warmer temperatures next week, forecasters said in a regular monthly
outlook released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The second
half of October ought to see daytime highs above average for the time of
Precipitation is likely to correspond to long-term norms over the next four weeks, forecasters said.
Over 20,000 homes, predominantly in Central Bohemia, have been left without
power due to strong winds that battered the Czech Republic in the night
Emergency crews have been working around the clock to clear roads and railway lines from fallen trees. A number of rail links have had to be scrapped and Czech Railways has arranged for a bus replacement service.
A high wind warning remains in place throughout the day. No injuries have so far been reported.
The arrival of cooler weather has led to the “heating season” beginning
in some parts of the Czech Republic. Temperatures fell to as low as nine
degrees Celsius in some places on Monday, with particularly low
temperatures registered in the Ore (Krušné) Mountains. This has led to
the municipal heating being turned on after a break of several months in a
number of spots, such as in Ostrov in the Karlovy Vary Region.
Some of the low temperatures recorded on Monday are not usually seen until the end of September.
A meteorologist at a station in Šindelová in the Karlovy Vary Region said that such a dramatic turn in the weather was only seen once every eight or 10 years.
This summer was the hottest in 58 years, with average temperatures of 19.5
degrees Celsius, some 2.5 degrees above the norm for June through August.
The month of June in particular was hotter than usual, by some 5 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ).
Over the summer, more than 30 “tropical days”, that is with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, were recorded, at 17 different measuring stations.