On Friday afternoon, a large rain zone will pass through Belgium, accompanied by high winds and gusts of up to 80 km/h locally, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI), which issued a code yellow warning.
To make sure the emergency services are not overloaded and to direct no-so-urgent calls to other services, the Home Affairs Department is temporarily activating the number 1722.
Waarschuwing voor wind van 04/02 13u tot 04/02 23u: Deze namiddag trekt een actieve storing over ons land vanaf de kust. Daarbij zijn felle rukwinden mogelijk rond 70 à 75 km/h en zeer lokaal tot 80 … (https://t.co/sPNybMQZwU) pic.twitter.com/AaIoiCGTNE
— KMI (@meteobenl) February 4, 2022
On Friday afternoon, the skies are expected to remain grey with some drizzle, followed by more intense rain showers coming from the west of the country.
On the Ardennes heights, there is a chance of 1 to 2 centimetres of snow in the High Fens. But there, too, the wind is ‘quite strong’ to ‘very strong,’ with possible gusts of 70 to 75 kilometres per hour, to very locally 80 kilometres per hour.
Later on Friday evening, the rain zone will leave Belgium through the southeast, but in the rest of the country, the weather is expected to remain dry, and cloudy skies will appear increasingly.