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The coldest new year's eve in Romania in the last 50 years

Updated on January 4, 2017

-25°C on December 31 in Romania

Romanians escaped from the blizzard, but winter continue to show the ugly side of it. Snow was replaced by a sudden frost which came from the North Pole, which will continue to freeze everything in its path in the next 3 days.

It will be so cold that we have chances to endure the coldest New Year in the last 50 years, forecasters warn, because in some areas thermometers will show below minus 25 degrees.

In Timisoara, one of the warmest places in Romania were -16 degrees on Tuesday. Dozens of workers have broken the ice on the main streets so that people will not slip.

Weather map of Romania, December 31, 5 PM
Weather map of Romania, December 31, 5 PM
In winter, life is very hard for homeless people in Romania
In winter, life is very hard for homeless people in Romania

Homeless people will have problems due to frost

The bitter cold in Craiova has led police to seek out the homeless to give them hot tea and advise them to go to shelters organised by town hall.

"We are coming to offer you a cup of tea on this cold, then go, if you want, with your agreement, we can send you to a center for homeless people. We're going to a warm place," told them the police.

How albedo effect works
How albedo effect works

Albedo effect

Furthermore, temperatures across the country began to decline sharply. From one night to another, there have been differences of 14, even 15 degrees. But there were also cases in northern Oltenia, where were recorded minus 25 degrees to minus 1, as the temperature was 24 hours before.

Everything happens because of an arctic air masses entering in Romania in the northwest of the country and covering the whole territory. The cold air came in full force through an effect known as the Albedo - the extent to which a surface reflects light energy.

When snow covers the earth and the sky is blue, the sun no longer manages to warm. Rays are reflected and sent into the atmosphere by 90%. So frost occurs rapidly.


Coldest new year's eve since 1961

In Bucharest, 22 degrees is the difference between temperature recorded in the last week and Tuesday. In just seven days it went through three seasons, from 17 degrees plus on Tuesday to -5. And it will be even colder, because on New Year's Eve will be -15 degrees.

Definitely, we talk about one of the coldest endings of the year since 1961 until now. In recent decades they have lowered temperatures below -15 degrees.

But it seems possible to have even minimum -30 degrees. There is no area of Romania to escape the Arctic cold which will take at least 72 hours starting from Tuesday night.

Days won't be much warmer, because temperatures will rise to -8, -10 degrees. Frost warnings available on Tuesday night will expire in the second day of 2015.


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    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Tobusiness, thanks for your feedback and le't hope for good weather next weeks.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I'm shivering just reading this...I'll stop complaining about the 8 degrees C here in Bedfordshire, remember to wrap up warmly, I really feel for the homeless people in this weather. My best to you.

    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Cameciob, in Romania we expect another cold week, probably colder than the previous one in some regions.

      Ladyguitarpicker, thanks for your good words.

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      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi and welcome to Hub Pages. It's too cold for me I'll stay in hot and humid Florida. Nice Hub.

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      4 years ago

      I am sorry for you guys. But hold on, you can make it. We, here in Minnesota, have -20C almost every day.


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