On Sunday, October 20th in the town of Adony, central Hungary, some 20 km south of the capital Budapest, temperatures soared to 26.9 degrees Celsius (80.42 F) establishing a new record high for this day of the year, news portal Origo reported.
The previous record of 26.8 degrees was recorded in 2012. The unseasonably warm weather, with highs of between 25 and 28 Celsius are now well into its second week, but expected to remain hot and dry with new record highs around 28 Celsius for Monday and highs of between 22 and 25 Celsius for the rest of the week. The warm weather was brought by a hot high-pressure zone from the Adriatic Sea to the south. Normally by October barometric pressures in the Adriatic and Mediterranean drop by September, giving way to cold currents from the northwest.
While the prolonged Indian summer is enjoyed by the population and tourism, the lack of rain since mid-September is a headache for farmers who can barely proceed with autumn plantings and whatever has painstakingly been sowed (mostly grains) will have trouble taking roots.
Title image: Fall colours in the northeast Hungarian Bükk mountains (MTI/János Vajda)