It’s the first weekend in July and it’s a scorcher.
Weather forecasters on Friday issued an amber heatwave warning for the Romanian capital and swaths of southern and eastern Romania, with temperatures expected to top 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).
The National Meteorological Administration warning for Bucharest and the southern regions of Oltenia, Muntenia and Dobrogea, and southern Moldova will be in place all Friday evening.
Romanians are being warned to stay out of the sun as the temperature-humidity index will exceed the critical threshold of 80 units on Friday, which will cause significant heat discomfort.
The amber, or level three, warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30C (86F) during the day, and 15C (59F) at night for at least two consecutive days.
Meanwhile, forecasters issues an amber warning for storms for west, central, and northern Romania, which will stay in place until Saturday morning.
Rainfall is will exceed 25-30 liters per square meters in these regions, and even reach 40-60 liters per square meter in some areas
July is called “month of the oven” in Romania and balmy conditions could continue well into August, staying mostly hot for the rest of the month.