Red alert issued for Hajdú-Bihar and eight other counties

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A third-degree heat alert was issued for nine Hungarian counties: Hadjú-Bihar, Pest, Baranya, Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Csongrád, Fejér, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Tolna.

According to the Hungarian Meteorological Service, daytime temperatures will continue to rise to as high as 34-39 Celsius degrees.

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do when a heat alert is issued:


  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the sun
  • Drink fluids often, particularly water or juice, even if you do not feel thirsty, to help your body’s thermostat stay cool. (Note: People who have problems with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing their fluid intake.)
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing to reflect the sun’s energy if you must go outside.
  • Apply a minimum of 30 SPF sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  • Check on your family, friends and neighbours, especially if they live alone.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes; a cool shower after being outside could cause hypothermia.


  • Do strenuous activity such as running, biking and lawn care work.
  • Drink high caffeine or alcoholic drinks; they can dry out your system.
  • Eat high-protein foods; they increase your body’s water loss and heat production.
  • Leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

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