News2019.06.13 11:50

New June heat record set in Lithuania

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS 2019.06.13 11:50

Lithuania has set a new heat record for June as the country continues sweltering from extremely high temperatures, meteorologists said on Thursday.

In Kaišiadorys, a town in central Lithuania, a temperature of 35.7 degrees centigrade was recorded on Wednesday. It was hottest June day in Lithuania's history.

“A new June heat record was set in Kaišiadorys as the thermometers showed 35.7 degrees. The previous record of 35.4 degrees was set in 2016,” meteorologist Paulius Starkus told BNS Lithuania on Thursday morning.

As the heat wave continues, people in some areas in Lithuania are warned about possible thunderstorms and showers on Thursday afternoon and in the evening, with hail also possible in places.

“But there might also be areas that will not get rain at all,” Starkus said.

Some schools across Lithuania have cancelled all or part of classes due to hot weather. Hydrologists warn that water levels in rivers are dangerously low, and farmers worry the drought will destroy part of their crops.

As people flock to lakes and rivers to cool, six people drowned on Wednesday, LRT RADIO has reported.

The heat wave is expected to continue at least until the end of the week.

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