Based on expected temperatures, the level 2 warning phase of the government plan against severe heat and ozone levels will be triggered from Tuesday onwards and (at least) until Friday, July 3rd, revealed CELINE (Inter-regional environmental unit/IRCEL) on Monday. This phase involves precautionary measures such as warning nursing homes and other institutions. Temperatures above 30°C are expected over the next few days. The RMI (Royal Meteorological Institute) has forecast a minimum average temperature above 18°C and maximum of over 30°C as of Tuesday, for 3 days. More precisely, between June 30th and July 2nd, the minimum average temperature is likely to be 19.3°C and the maximum 30.7°C. Between July 1st and 3rd, the minimum average temperature is expected to be 21°C and the maximum 32.3°C.
The level 2 warning phase may be extended if necessary and announced in the next few days. The level 2 warning phase provides for Walloon Health and Environment ministers to be immediately informed of its start by CELINE/IRCEL via CRC (Regional crisis unit). It also includes an immediate warning to health professionals, hospital services, nursing homes, and homecare services.
Field workers are thus updated as to what measures they should be putting in place in order to increase vigilance. CELINE/IRCEL is also reminding people to take certain precautions, such as checking there is enough to drink, or monitoring living room temperatures. The risk of ozone levels being above the European information threshold of 180µg/m3 will increase from Wednesday.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)