Brutal heat wave comes to the Balkans; extreme temperatures shift east

Global warming and weather changes are sweeping across the lands day by day. Witnessing warm weather across Europe is not something new or surprising. But as weather change continues, new changes take place as much of the Balkan Peninsula today is experiencing high pressure since late June, which tends to keep the atmosphere really warm.

Since the beginning of July, weather forecasts say that the strongest area of high pressure moving to the east.

Sources reported that authorities cautioned the public to stay indoors over the last several days across Greece. Temperatures registered well into the low 40's on Friday across much of southern Greece.

Not only has Greece been witnessing the heat wave, but also Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, and Croatia. These are just a few of the southeastern European countries that have been experiencing temperatures well over 10 degrees above average.  In Turkey, the cities of Antalya and Akhisar recorded highs of 45C on Friday, the source said.

Cities in Romania and Italy on Friday also witnessed some impressive high temperatures; Bucharest and Bari both reached 38C. Meanwhile, many of the cities across the region easily recorded temperatures exceeding 35C.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be equally hot or maybe hotter, across much of the region, with Athens, Greece, expecting a high temperature of 43C Sunday.

Nevertheless, a weak area of low pressure is expected to move through the region starting on Monday, bringing a change of wind direction along with some clouds and showers to help cool things off.

Earlier in May, sources said that prolonged heat, including several dangerous heat waves, will be a major issue across southern and eastern Europe throughout the summer. AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys warned in May that a serious problem that will develop also in the region will be smog and poor air quality. 

This weather pattern, according to Roys, will also limit rainfall and heighten the risk for drought conditions despite near- to above-normal precipitation from January through April.