Severe frost warning issued for parts of the Czech Republic

Areas of eastern Moravia are forecast to see lows of minus 18 degrees Celsius on Sunday night; Prague to see lows of minus 12

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky
Published on 16.01.2021 15:04 (updated on 16.01.2021)

After a chilly week with significant snowfall in many parts of the Czech Republic, things are about to get even colder.

A severe frost warning with air temperatures expected to dip below -18°C has been issued for Sunday evening heading into Monday morning in eastern parts of the country by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI).

While temperatures will dip across the country, the severe frost warning is in effect in eastern parts of Moravia, including the Olomouc, Zlin, and Moravia-Silesia regions from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night through 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

In most of the rest of the country, a less-severe heavy frost warning is in effect over the same period. Affected areas include Prague and the Central Bohemia, Liberec, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, Vysočina and South Moravian regions.

In these areas, temperatures are forecast to dip below -12°C on Sunday evening, according to the CHMI.

Both frost warnings carry a risk of frostbite if unprotected areas of the skin are left exposed to the cold air for even a short period of time. Issues with water pipes and railway tracks could also occur due to the extreme low temperatures in areas with the severe warning.

If going outside for extended periods of time, the CHMI recommends wearing multiple layers of clothing including protection for the head and hands. The young, elderly and infirm should stay indoors while the warning is in effect.

Updates and further information can be found on the official website of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.