State Weather Service issues level one warning as heatwave approaches

Sunbathers and swimmers on an Estonian beach. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

The State Weather Service (Riigi ilmateenistus) has issued a weather warning as a heatwave approaches Estonia in the second half of the week which may cause air temperatures to exceed 30C. The highest temperatures are forecast in South Estonia, the weather service says.

The level one (lowest on a scale of three) warning is issued when weather can present a danger in certain situations, and the public should take into account conditions when planning their activities and regularly check weather updates.

This week is a holiday week with Jaanipäev arriving on Wednesday; the day off will see temperatures over 25C, the weather service said Tuesday, heating up even more in the second half of the week, with Friday onward seeing daily peaks of around 30C or up to 32C in places on Sunday.

An added complication comes with the short nights, which leave little time for the air temperature to cool down, often only dipping below 20C before the morning sun starts to warm things up again.

Wednesday's weather forecast. Source: ERR

The cause of the hot, sunny and clear weather is a high pressure area centered on Denmark which looks set to stay put for several days, the weather service says.

Hot and dry weather also increases fire risk, so care should be taken when making fires – popular on the night before Jaanipäev – and regulations including keeping a fire extinguisher or water bucket on hand and not leaving a fire unattended should be adhered to.

The State Weather Service website is here.

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