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IMWM alerts. Strong wind in the north, snowmelt and downpours in the south

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IMWM announced meteorological warnings. Strong wind gusts will hit parts of northern Poland on Sunday and Monday. In some parts of the country, snowmelt alerts are in force, in some places even at the highest level. Downpours will also be a threat.

Forecasters from the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMWM) issued first, second and third degree warnings.

IMWM alerts – strong wind

First degree warnings against strong winds apply in the following voivodeships:

  • Pomeranian (outside Kwidzyn poviat);
  • Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship (in the following counties: Braniewo, Elbląg, Elbląg);
  • West Pomeranian Voivodeship (in the following counties: Szczecinek, Koszalin, KoszalinSławno, Świdwiński, Białogard, Kołobrzeg, Łobez, Gryfice, Goleniów, Kamieński, Świnoujście).

Strong winds with an average speed of up to 45 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 80-85 km/h, are forecast to occur from the west and north-west. The strongest wind is forecast on the night from Sunday to Monday and on Monday before noon.

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The warnings will be valid until 6 p.m. on Monday.

IMWM alerts – snowmelt

Forecasters also warn of thaws in the south of the country. The highest, third level alerts apply in the voivodeship Lower Silesiain the Karkonosze and Kłodzko counties.

In areas with snow cover in areas below 1,200-1,400 meters above sea level, a further increase in air temperature is forecast, causing the snow cover to thaw and melt. The minimum temperature will be between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperature from 3 to 6 degrees C. There will be winds with an average speed of 20 to 30 km/h, with gusts of up to 90 km/h, from the west and north-west.

The warnings will expire at noon on Monday.

Second level alerts apply to the following voivodeships:

  • Silesiancounties: Cieszyn, Bielsko and Żywiec;
  • Lesser Polandcounties: Wadowice, Sucha, Nowy Targ, Tatra, Nowy Sącz, Gorlice;
  • Podkarpackiecounties: Jasło, Krosno, Sanok, Lesko, Bieszczady.

The warnings cover areas above 1,200-1,400 meters above sea level where there is snow cover. The minimum temperature will be from about 0 to 3 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature will be from 3 to 6 degrees C. The wind will blow at an average speed of 20 to 30 km/h, with gusts up to 65 km/h, from the west.

Alerts are valid until 12 on Monday.

IMWM alerts – heavy rainfall

Friday may bring downpours in parts of the country. Level 1 alerts ahead of these have been issued in the province Lower Silesiain the following counties: Lubań, Lwówek, Karkonosze, Jelenia GóraKamienna Góra, Wałbrzych, Kłodzko.

Moderate and sometimes heavy rainfall is forecast there. The forecast amount of rainfall will be up to 30 liters of water per square meter, locally up to 45 l/sq m.

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What is a level three meteorological warning?

The third degree meteorological warning predicts the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena causing very large or catastrophic damage over a large area and threatening life. Dangerous phenomena will make it impossible to conduct business. Extreme caution is recommended, frequent monitoring of weather forecasts and developments is necessary.

What is the second degree IMWM meteorological warning?

The second level warning predicts the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena causing significant material losses and a threat to health and life. Dangerous phenomena or the effects of their occurrence significantly limit business activity. Expect disruptions to your daily functioning. Great caution is recommended, it is necessary to monitor the weather forecasts and developments. Follow all recommendations issued by emergency services in the event of an emergency. Adjust your plans to weather conditions.

What is the IMWM first degree meteorological warning?

The first level warning provides for conditions conducive to the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena that may cause material losses and pose a threat to health and life. Conducting business in conditions of exposure to these factors is difficult and dangerous. Expect difficulties resulting from carrying out activities in the hazardous area, including delays caused by traffic disruptions, disruptions to outdoor events or the possibility of their cancellation. Caution is recommended, the need to follow messages and developments in the weather situation.

Wind speed and force – how we define themPAP/Adam Ziemienowicz

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