The national public health centre (NNK) and the disaster management authority have issued a third-degree heat alert, in effect between Wednesday and Saturday midnight.
Third-degree heat alerts are issued when the median temperature reaches 27°C for three days in a row. Daily highs are forecast to reach 40°C in the second half of the week, with lows not falling below 20°C in certain places. Young children, the elderly and those with cardiovascular diseases should take particular precautions, the statement said. The heat alert comes with advice to drink plenty, avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm and to use skin protection
Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, said he has asked public companies to take concrete measures in the capital. Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) will distribute drinking water at busy traffic spots including downtown Deák Square, the Keleti Railway Station and Széll Kálmán Square. The Budapest Water Works has also put out into the street a vehicle equipped with a tank providing drinking water to pedestrians. Budapest’s public infrastructure maintenance company will keep sprinkling water onto roads, Karácsony said on Facebook.