New weather warning as Hungary's temperature falls to all-time record low

The temperature on January 8 fell to an all-time record low for this time of year at -28.1 C, measured in the village of Tésa

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Hungary during this time of year was picked up in northern Hungary yesterday, sources report.

According to the National Meteorological Service, the temperature on January 8 fell to an all-time record low of -28.1 C measured in the village of Tésa in northern Hungary.

The previous record for this date was -26.5 C measured in Romhány, also in northern Hungary, in 1985. The record was also broken for Budapest early on Sunday with the mercury falling to -18.6 degrees at Ferihegy. The previous record, also measured at Ferihegy, had been -18.5 C in 1985. The average lowest temperature on this date was -4.2 C, as against -16.8 C this year.

On Saturday, the disaster management authority had to provide temporary heated facilities and set up power generators after temporary power cuts occured in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County in the northeast, Fejér County in central Hungary and Győr-MosonSopron County in the west.

Meanwhile, daytime highs on Monday will be above -10 C, but the national weather service has warned of storm-force winds and possible snow drifts in several parts of Hungary.

According to a statement from the National Meteorological Service, extreme weather conditions are to be expected in Nógrád, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Vas, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hajdú-Bihar, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Veszprém, and Zala counties.

Snow is expected across the whole country; 1-3 centimeters east of the river Danube and up to 3 centimeters in western Hungary.