According to the latest forecasts, seriously cold weather is to arrive in the following nights.
The coldest temperature can be expected on Tuesday morning, writes napi.hu. It can be colder than -15 degrees Celsius in snowy landscapes, such as the whole of Western Hungary and along the eastern, northeastern border.
Due to the great cold, there is a good chance that the larger lakes may freeze, so a continuous layer of ice may cover Lake Balaton as well.
The last time Lake Balaton froze completely was in January 2017. The days were so cold that it was possible to skate from the southern shore to the northern shore, which is about a 5-kilometre distance. Hundreds of people did so, here is a video about it:
It may snow in the morning near the western border on Monday, says szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu. Elsewhere, dry, sunny weather is expected. By dawn, the air usually cools down to between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius, but in clear, snow-covered landscapes, it can be as low as -17 degrees Celsius. They can measure temperatures between -1 and +1 degrees during the day.
On Tuesday, in the southern counties, the sun is expected to shine for several more hours, and then the clouds will increase as well. The lowest temperatures are generally expected to be between -12 and -3 degrees Celsius, but it may be colder than -15 degrees in less cloudy, windless, snow-covered areas. Peak temperatures will range from -5 to +4.
On Wednesday, there may be snowstorms in some places in the northeast and in the east. The minimum temperature is expected to be between -5 and +1 degrees Celsius, but it will be colder in less cloudy, windless, snowy landscapes. The peaks will usually be between 1 and 6 degrees Celsius.
On Thursday, temperatures are generally expected to be between -6 and +1 degrees Celsius at dawn. Peak temperatures are expected to be between 0 and 7 degrees Celsius.
On Friday, temperatures will be between -5 and +2 in the morning and 2 and 7 in the afternoon.
On Saturday, it will be cloudy, overcast, and snowy in some places. There may be strong gusts of wind. The minimum temperatures will range from -5 to 2 degrees Celsius and the maximum from 1 to 7 degrees Celsius.
It is expected to rain in several places on Sunday, along with some snowfall, and sleet in the transitional parts. The wind will be strong in several places. The lowest temperatures are expected to be between -5 and +1, and the highest temperatures between -2 and +6 degrees Celsius.
Hungary, with a few exceptions, is not really a place of really cold winters. In the last few years, winters have generally been milder, often only letting us see snow for the first time in January, and it was not really typical for the snow to last too long either. It is also true that the winters are becoming less predictable and more extreme. However, it was not always like that.
One of the most famous winters in modern history is the legendary winter of 1987 when temperatures were as low as almost minus twenty degrees in Budapest, and a lot of snow fell as well.
The city stood completely still at this time. However, a similar situation will not be expected this time.
In the following picture, you can see how it looked that crazy winter in Budapest right at the Mester utca-Ferenc körút corner:
Source: napi.hu, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu