The Czech Republic and three other post-Communist countries voted to stop
the EU from adopting a clear long-term climate neutrality goal at the
summit in Brussels on Thursday evening.
Along with Poland, Hungary and Estonia, the Czech Republic rejected a proposed carbon neutrality target for 2050, arguing against a concrete date. The measure will be taken up again in late October, at a summit that will be Jean-Claude Juncker's last as European Commission president.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said Thursday the EU should rather focus on short-term goals in accordance with the Paris Agreement set for 2030. He said the rejected proposal would endanger the Czech economy and jobs.
Temperatures over the next four weeks should remain above average for the time of year, according to a regular four-week weather forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. After a burst of heavy rain this weekend, temperatures are expected to rise again next week, reaching 30 degrees Celsius. The amount of rainfall for the whole four-week period should be below the long-term average.
This May was the coldest for the last 28 years with an average temperature
for the month of 10.7 degrees Celsius, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute wrote on its website on Tuesday. In 2018, the average temperature
for the month of May was 16.2 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature during the month was May 7, when temperatures dropped below zero at 150 measuring stations around the country.
Temperatures in some parts of the Czech Republic surpassed 20 degrees Celsius at night, making it the country’s first tropical night of the year. Several measuring stations, mainly in Central and Eastern Bohemia, recorded their warmest ever temperature for the night. The hottest place in the country was Jeseník, where night-time highs reached 21.9 degrees Celsius.
Diplomats, military officers and experts gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to discuss energy security and future challenges facing the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. While discussing what the alliance may be up against 70 years from now, some argued that the impacts of climate change are likely to be the main threat.
The relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic for the time of year –
with daytime highs of around 10 degrees Celsius – is set to continue
until Wednesday, when it will begin to gradually get warmer, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute says in a regular four-week forecast.
However, the next month will see lower than average temperatures for the period in question, though daytime highs will slowly increase. Precipitation should be in line with the seasonal average, the forecasters said.
Record low temperatures for the 8th of May were recorded at every sixth of
the 150 weather stations in operation for at least 30 years, meteorologists
The lowest temperature of all on Wednesday morning, -8 degrees Celsius, was registered at the Kvilda-Perla weather station, although it did not break a record for that location.
Among the new record lows was a -3.8 degrees Celsius measurement at Vyšší Brod, in the Český Krumlov region, not reached since 1979.
The bout of cold weather has brought snow to the mountain regions of the Czech Republic. Up to four centimetres of fresh snow fell on Sunday in areas above 600 metres in the regions of Olomouc, Moravia-Silesia, and Zlín regions and night temperatures dropped to below minus five degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last throughout Monday.
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