Sunday and the following days are not immediately expected to cool down, fulfilling the conditions for a heat wave. Rain also does not seem to be imminent.
It would be the first heat wave of 2020. This would be the sixth year in a row that a heat wave has occurred in our country.
Last summer, our country had no fewer than three heat waves. At the end of July 2019, record temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius were even recorded. But this year the month of July was fresher than average.
The following days warm air from the south comes to the country. The fact that the soil is dry also adds to the temperatures, weatherman David Dehenauw notes.
Bad news too
The heat and drought may be positive for coastal tourism, but this is less good news for nature. The groundwater levels were already low in many places in Flanders, because too little rain has fallen in recent years. You don’t make up for that any time soon, even if it were going to be a wet autumn.
And also for humans it is to be careful with extreme heat. This can cause dehydration, cramps and even a heat stroke. The Interregional Cell for the Environment (IRCEL) has activated the warning phase of the ozone and heat plan. Sun and high temperatures, combined with air pollution, can increase ozone concentrations. It is not recommended to make heavy efforts, such as outdoor sports.
The warning phase of the Flemish Heat Action Plan has also come into effect. The Agency for Care and Health calls on everyone to take care of themselves and others. In addition, municipalities, home care services, residential care centers, general practitioners, childcare services and youth associations that work with vulnerable groups receive reminders and tips to protect themselves against heat. In any case, the same advice applies to everyone: drink enough, keep yourself and your house cool, and ensure that children or the elderly in the area also find enough drink and coolness.
According to the Agency for Care and Health, extra attention is needed this year for people who are weakened by the corona virus. They may be extra vulnerable to heat-related diseases, it says. Conversely, people with heat stress are extra vulnerable to Covid-19.