Slovenians wake up to coldest morning this year
Ljubljana, 28 February - The latest incursion of polar air in Europe has pushed temperatures in Slovenia as low as -27 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, in what is the coldest morning this year. However, even lower temperatures are expected tomorrow.
Minus 27 degrees was measured on the last day of meteorological winter in the area of Bloke, some 60 km south of Ljubljana, according to the Environment Agency (ARSO).
The mercury stopped 20 degrees below zero at Jože Pučnik Airport, the country's main international airport, and in Kočevje, some 60 km south-east of Ljubljana.
Freezing temperatures were also recorded on the coast, which is rare for the region. There was -5 degrees at Portorož airport this morning.
With clear skies above Slovenia, it will remain cold until tomorrow morning.
Today's day-time highs will remain well below freezing point, ranging from -8 to -4, so ARSO declared the second-highest alert for the country.
Only at the seaside will the mercury rise about freezing, to 2 degrees.
Long-time statistics show that such cold weather in late February or in early March happens only a few times in a century.