Belgium’s royal meterological institute (RMI) warns of a possible heat wave next week throughout the Belgian territory.
In Belgium, a heat wave is officially declared when temperatures reach above 25 °C for five straight days, including three days above 30 °C.
“From Monday, temperatures over 30 degrees will be reached, and even higher the following days,” says the RMI.
If the forecasts are correct, this will be the second heat wave of the year. The first one was between 23 June to 30 June.
With rising temperatures, 21 natural water sites have opened for the public in Wallonia since 15 June. In Brussels, the organisation “Pool is Cool” will promote three sites for outdoor bathing.
For now the sites are only carried out as tests. The locations suggested are: Pède in Anderlecht on 19 and 20 July, the water ponds of Bois de la Cambre on 27 and 28 July and the Royal fisheries by Watermael-Boitsfort on 3 and 4 August.
The organisation invites the public to come in high numbers to promote outdoor swimming in Brussels and encourage politicians to find permanent solutions.