Thursday, 30 July 2020
Elderly and vulnerable people should be vigilant on Friday, as temperatures are expected to rise to 36 degrees, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI).
“It will probably be the warmest day of the year,” said weatherman Frank Deboosere. While high, it is not a record-breaking number: on 25 July 2019, the temperature went up to 41.8 degrees in Begijnendijk in the province of Flemish Brabant.
The high temperature means that a code yellow will be in effect for the whole country. “At such temperatures, measures can be taken to protect older and weaker people by making them drink more and not to be in direct sunlight.”
In the province of Hainaut, in Wallonia, there will even be a code orange, meaning the above measures will have to be followed.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the coast this weekend due to the high temperatures, with 12,500 people already having reserved a spot on the beach in Ostend as of Wednesday.
The Brussels Times