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Heatwave forecast in Belgium this week
A heatwave is expected over the next few days in Belgium, with sunshine and increasingly warm temperatures forecast to exceed 30ºC by the end of the week.
The source of the heatwave is a high pressure system from the Azores, which extends through the Belgian region into Central and Eastern Europe.
“For the next few days we will remain under the protective wings of the Azores high pressure area and thus enjoy mostly nice summer weather,” the Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) reports.
Monday will start with partly cloudy weather in several regions, with potential showers near the Netherlands and Germany, but then the clouds largely roll away to bring highs between 16ºC or 17ºC on the coast and in the Ardennes, and 20ºC in the Kempen and Gaume.
Tuesday will be sunny with odd patches of clouds and highs will climb to 20ºC at the seaside and in the higher points of the Ardennes, and to 23ºC or 24ºC in the Kempen and Gaume.
Temperatures will keep rising on Wednesday, reaching 22ºC on the coast and in the upper Ardennes, and 27ºC elsewhere.
Thursday remains sunny with highs from 22ºC to 26ºC. On Friday, temperatures will reach maximum temperatures of 26ºC to 30ºC in most parts of the country.
Saturday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, with sunshine and highs near or sometimes above 30ºC.
A northerly wind will bring cooler air to the coastal region and at the end of the day, potential thunderstorms and showers may break the warm spell.
“For Sunday, the forecast is still very uncertain,” the RMI says. “There’s a possibility of more thunderstorms and it will likely become less warm afterwards.”
Photo: The Flow by Charlie's Club, Namur