Bulgaria sweats out summer 2009 Hottest day, mercury hits 43C
The sizzling weather that swept Bulgaria this week reached its peak on Saturday, turning it into the hottest day of this year’s summer.
The mercury zoomed up to 38C-43C in the southwestern parts of the country. The citizens of the capital Sofia had to seek haven from the heat at the pools as temperatures hit 38C-39C.
Tourists in Black Sea resorts enjoyed more than sunny weather and Mediterranean-like sea waves as highs hit 36C along the southern coast.
Temperatures will come off the boil on Sunday, when spells of cold northwestern air will cool down the country from the sweltering weather. Highs will be down by some 10C.
Medics urge people with heart problems to stay home during the hottest hours of the day. Drivers should be on their highest alert and take regularly short breaks with refreshments.
The highest summer temperature was recorded in Bulgaria in 1916 – 45,2C.