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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Heat Wave Taking Place in Croatia and Much of Europe

Downtown Rijeka


Well, today where I'm at it's raining and chilly outside, and it seems more like March than the 2nd week of July, but in large parts of Croatia a heat wave is going on.  In the coastal city of Rijeka temperatures have reached about 31 degrees celsius by noon, and the trend is not expected to change anytime soon, with temperatures expected to climb to almost 40 over the next few days. Gorski Kotar, which is a popular vacation area for Croatians as well as foreign tourists, is becoming more and more the option to the more crowded coastal beach hot spots.

A scene on one of the more crowded beaches.

It's popularity arises from the beautiful natural scenery, plenty of shade and lack of crowded beaches.  There's also the option of having picnics, strolls and hicking in the nearby forests and hiking pathways. Probably a good idea, in terms of the environment, would be to take public transportation or walk to nearby locations.  This would help in the loweing of emissions of  pollutants from automobiles which would contribute to the overall impact of regional warming and pollution. (This kind of measure would never work here though..Look George! That person over there is walking on the sidewalk!..WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK GEORGE!!!) There's also workshops and English classes available for those with time to spare. Prices are sometimes more favourable compared to the more popular Adriatic Sea beaches.  The peace and quiet of Gorski Kotar is an ideal place for families and anyone who just wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more well known summer hotspots. 

Many of the tourists from Spain, Italy, Germany and other places actually prefer it over the Adriatic Sea, which is just a short drive away. The nearby mountains also make some of the tourists kind of feel at home. People are being advised to minimize being in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm, because with the UV index hitting around 8, a person can get sunburned in as little as 10 minutes. People are also being encouraged to drink plenty of water as well as fruits and vegetables 3 to 5 times a day, to help replenish bodily fluids because of the amount a person can sweat throughout the day.  Even soup is a recommendation to help replenish the loss of salt and electrolytes from sweating. Preventative measures like this will help ensure peoples vacations will be pleasant and also help cut down the number of emergency and ambulance services being called out to people suffering from the effects of too much exposure to the sun .(I would also highly recommend cold beer/pivo.)

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