Sarajevo sees above-average air Temperatures in January

January 9, 2018 5:00 PM

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) capital Sarajevo saw above-average air temperatures last two days, 35 degrees Celsius higher year-to-year, the Federal Institute for Hydrometeorology (FHMZ BiH) said Tuesday.

On Jan.8-9 2017, FHMZ measured minus 22 degrees Celsius in Sarajevo, representing the coldest day in the last couple of decades, while on Jan.8-9 2018, the temperature was plus 13 degrees Celsius.

Last year, there was a completely different synoptic situation in Sarajevo, when cold air mass flew from the northern part of continent bringing record in cold temperatures, the lowest ones since 1947, FHMZ climatologist Dzenan Zulum told local media.

In the last three days, the penetration of warm air masses from the north of the African continent brought above-average air temperatures here.

“In Sarajevo, 14 degrees Celsius was measured and although this is a high temperature for January, it is still far from the highest temperatures that were measured in history. Sometimes, there are great leaps and falls of temperature in only one month,” Zulum explained further.

People living in Sarajevo feel the great temperature difference of more than 30 degrees Celsius and often tend to visit the Sarajevo Institute of Emergency Medical Service to which 502 patients came in only one day. Additional problem is because high temperatures in this part of the year is suitable for numerous expansion of bacteria, doctor Amra Basic Zivadinovic told local media.

According to FHMZ forecasts, BiH will be affected by the warm air masses from North Africa until the end of the week, and Sarajevo will see temperatures varying from 4 and 13 degrees Celsius, accompanied by cloudy weather.

Unstable weather with rain and snow is a forecast starting from Jan.15, which will probably bring problems to farmers and their crops due to sudden temperature shift.

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