Heatwave to hit Turkey during Eid holiday

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ISTANBUL

A heat wave is expected to hit Turkey during Eid al-Adha, a four-day holiday scheduled for July 20-23 this year, a meteorologist has warned.

According to the latest figures, the temperature across Marmara, the Aegean Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean and parts of Central Anatolia will be around 5-7 degrees Celsius above seasonal averages.

Noting that Turkey is currently under the influence of the Basra depression with the extension of the monsoon, meteorologist Güven Özdemir warned that the air temperature would rise in the coming days.

“This low pressure, which takes effect during the summer months, increases temperature and evaporation. Therefore, the humidity in Istanbul is around 90 percent. The temperature will peak from July 19, ”said zdemir.

While thermometers show 35 degrees Celsius, the temperature felt due to humidity will rise to 40 degrees Celsius, added zdemir.

Stating that the temperature will reach 40 degrees Celsius in Ankara and the Central Anatolia region on July 20, zdemir pointed out that the temperature felt throughout the Turkish capital could reach 43 degrees.

“I advise citizens not to go out between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the second day (July 21) of Eid al-Adha,” he noted, adding that those suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease should be very careful. .

The meteorologist noted that the weather could cool down at the end of the holiday and that there could even be rainfall in the Black Sea and Marmara regions.

Warning that heavy rains could be seen in some areas that could lead to flooding similar to that of Rize province on the Black Sea, Özdemir warned authorities and citizens to always prepare for such unexpected weather conditions.

Özdemir recommended that residents wear hats and even have an umbrella when they go out, beware of sunstroke and consume plenty of water to stay hydrated.


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