Czechia braces for final week of heatwave with scorching weather ahead

Temperatures will rise to 35 degrees Celsius in parts of the country, and strong storms and rain are expected toward the end of the week. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 21.08.2023 10:47:00 (updated on 21.08.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Tropical temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius are poised to continue across Czechia in the coming days, with a respite from the heatwave predicted only during the weekend. 

Heatwave continues for the next few days

The latest weekly forecast by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) suggests that intermittent isolated showers and thunderstorms will occur this week, but more substantial rainfall is anticipated from Friday onward. The weekend might bring formidable storms, contributing to a change in temperatures.

The weather today is anticipated to mirror the summery conditions of the preceding days. Temperatures in the capital are set to reach around 31 degrees Celsius this afternoon. In the southern reaches of the country, particularly in South Moravia, temperatures may ascend to 35 degrees Celsius. 

“We have hot and stormy weather ahead of us in the second half [of the week]. Thunderstorms may be exceptionally strong, accompanied by dangerous conditions, such as hail, torrential rain, and strong winds. Thanks to the warm current and low cloud cover, we will measure the highest afternoon temperatures right at the beginning of the week,” said meteorologist Dagmar Honsová in

On Tuesday, temperatures in the capital are expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees on Wednesday, according to the ČHMÚ. Temperatures will again be hottest in South Moravia, peaking at between 32 and 33 degrees in the next two days.

A wet and cooler weekend

Thursday will see maximum temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius in Prague, with similar figures expected in Brno. Cloud cover is expected to blanket the skies on Friday, accompanied by scattered to intermittent rain across most regions with slighter cooler temperatures (in the region of 27 degrees Celsius). Notably, the potential for strong thunderstorms is highest at the end of the working week. 

As the weekend approaches, a marked change in temperature is anticipated. Continued rain is expected over the weekend in the capital, with temperatures peaking at a much lower 23 degrees Celsius. In Prague, Sunday will be even cooler – reaching a maximum of 21 degrees Celsius – and will also feature rain. Brno will see substantially higher temperatures on the weekend (26 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 28 degrees on Sunday, which is also set to feature no rain). 

This is likely the final week of above-average summer temperatures. Just one week from now – next Monday – temperatures in Prague are set to reach a maximum of just 16 degrees Celsius.

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