Last week has seen one of the warmest spells ever recorded in the Balkans region. During the first few days, southern and eastern parts of Serbia were the warmest, with temperatures up to 26 °C (79 °F), slightly above what would be expected. Still, the mountains remained rather cold, with temperatures several degrees below freezing. Average weather persisted in central and northern regions of Serbia. There was also some rain, albeit not very heavy, in certain parts of the country.
However, the second part of the week has seen the arrival of even warmer weather throughout Serbia. The State Hydrometeorological Office has classified the temperatures as ‘significantly above the average’, while the weather has remained dry in the whole region. The warmest day was Sunday, with 31 °C (88 °F) measured in Northern Serbia, and it was only a degree or two cooler in other areas. Yet, it is forecast that this spell will only last another couple of days, and things should be returning back to normal shortly.
Neighboring countries have also been experiencing unusually warm weather. Highest ever April temperatures were recorded on Sunday in several Croatian cities, including the capital of Zagreb.