Natural calamities were much less frequent in 2018 compared to the previous
year, according to a survey of leading insurance companies carried out by
the Czech News Agency.
Reported damages caused by natural events were down roughly by 50 percent compared to 2017, the survey shows. Most damage was caused by storms and lightning, while flooding was rare. Damage due to minor earthquakes, even rarer still, rose compared to previous years. The most afflicted regions were those of Central Bohemia, Moravia-Silesia, and Prague.
The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued a warning against high
winds with a force of up to 70 km an hour for most parts of the Czech
Republic. The warning is valid from Sunday evening until Monday night.
According to meteorologists, the mountains regions could see winds of put to 110km/hour. Drivers have been warned to exercise extreme caution and mountain rescue services have advised people against mountain hiking.
Average temperatures for the season are expected in the coming four-week
period, according to the long-term weather forecast of the Czech Hydro-
Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday. Daytime highs over the next four weeks are expected to range between minus one and four degrees Celsius. Precipitation should also be average for the time of year.
Temperatures could fall to as low as minus 13 degrees Celsius in the east
of the Czech Republic on Sunday night, according to a warning issued by the
Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
People in some parts of the Moravian Silesian and Zlín regions have been advised to dress appropriately, while forecasters say that children, the elderly and the sick should spend as little time as possible outdoors.
2018 was the warmest year in Prague since 1775, according to records kept
at the city centre Clementinum weather station, which went into operation
back then. The average temperature in the capital last year was 12.8
degrees Celsius, which is 3.2 degrees above the average between 1775 and
2014, forecasters said on Saturday.
The majority of the 10 warmest years registered by meteorologists at the Clementinum since the late 18th century occurred after the year 2000.
2018 was the hottest year on the territory of today’s Czech Republic
since 1961. According to freshly released data from the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the average daily temperature last year was
9.6 degrees Celsius. That was 1.7 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term
With the exception of February and March, above-average temperatures were recorded on Czech territory every month last year. April and May saw particularly high temperatures, with both the warmest since 1961.
Czechs are increasingly concerned about threats related to climate change, suggests a freshly published survey. According to the study by the Median agency, they are mostly worried about drinking water becoming scarce and the impact of drought on the food harvest. On the other hand, Czechs are less afraid of terrorism than in the past, the poll indicates.
Shorebirds are birds commonly found along sandy or rocky shorelines, mudflats, and shallow waters all around the globe. But a study co-authored by Czech scientist Vojtěch Kubelka shows that these birds are increasingly threatened with extinction. The research, recently published in the prestigious US magazine Science, reveals a link between nest predation and climate change on a global scale, but especially in the Arctic.
Despite the latest UN report on climate change, which warns that global warming will be far greater than expected, surveys suggest Czechs don’t feel personally responsible for the problem. But, as Czech Radio reported on Tuesday, the Czech Republic is in fact the fifth biggest polluter in Europe and the 20th in the world in terms of CO2 emissions.
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