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    Hottest 27th of August in Belgian history recorded

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    The hottest 27th of August in Belgium was reached on Tuesday, with a high of 32.1°C in the early afternoon, meteorologist David Dehenauw disclosed on Twitter.

    The previous record of 31.8°C had been set in 1964, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM).

    Additionally, the European information threshold for ozone concentrations was also exceeded in Flanders, as expected by the Inter-regional environmental cell, CELINE. The threshold, set at 180 microgrammes of ozone per cubic metre of air (µg/m³) was exceeded at the Berendrecht station in Antwerp Province, where 190 µg/m³ was registered at 2:00 PM.

    Ozone concentrations in the air can cause health problems such as difficulty breathing, nose, eye and throat irritations, and when concentrations are high, chest pains and asthma.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times