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Few still doubted it, but it is now official: Belgium is currently experiencing a heat wave. On Saturday morning, the temperature in the country indeed exceeded 25 degrees Celsius again, for the fifth consecutive day, commented meteorologist David Dehenauw on Twitter.
National heat wave now official: in Uccle we now observe 25.5 degrees and the Tmax since 9/8 were 27.6, 30.6, 31.4 and 32.1. The wave will end in the second part of next week when the Tmax drops below 25 degrees.
—David Dehenauw (@DDehenauw) August 13, 2022
For the record, a heat wave in Belgium is defined by temperatures above 25°C for at least five days, with mercury exceeding 30° for at least three days. The current heat wave therefore began on August 9, with daily temperature peaks in Uccle of 27.6 degrees, 30.6°, 31.4° and 32.1°.
Scorching heat again this weekend
This Saturday, we should considerably increase the 30° on the territory. On Sunday, although the sun will be increasingly veiled by fields of high and medium clouds arriving from the southwest, the heat will be overwhelming. The highs will be between 29 and 35°C, under a light to moderate south-easterly wind. On the coast, a reduced north-northeast sea breeze will form during the day. In the evening and overnight, a few showers could break out in places. Monday, cloudy fields share the sky with sunny spells. A few showers could develop, also accompanied by thunderstorms. It will be less hot with highs of 22 to 27°C, under a generally moderate south to southwest wind.
Based on microwaves, this heatwave episode should end in the middle of next week, when temperatures should drop below 25°C. Given these tropical temperatures, Belgium has adopted code orange for all of its territory, with the exception of the coast. It is therefore recommended to stay well hydrated, to dress lightly, to stay in cool places, to eat lightly and to close doors and windows to try to keep the heat outside the dwellings. Any outdoor fire must be suppressed to limit the risk of fires. It is also advisable to provide enough domestic water and shade to the animals.