The weather is completely unpredictable. Over the course of a few days, the temperature dropped significantly in Hungary as well. Thursday, snowfall and frost were reported in several areas of Hungary. The April cold is not only dangerous for our health but also for the vegetation.
As we wrote before, after how pleasant the weather was earlier, this week has brought huge changes. The National Meteorological Service (OMSZ) advised that anyone who leaves their home should dress warmly because the temperature could drop significantly. However, the change in weather not only disrupted the biorhythm of humans but also endangered plants’.
“Unfortunately, the jam and pálinka fauna is finding it increasingly difficult to fight,”
writes the National Meteorological Service in a Facebook post. This alludes to the problem that snowfall and freezing temperatures can cause the loss of plants. With the freezing of the plants, there will not be enough ingredients for making jam or pálinka, the special Hungarian brandy, writes Index.hu.
In addition, agriculture has to fight on several fronts. “Fruit growers are fighting the frost, while droughts and the coronavirus epidemic are also affecting agriculture,” said Minister of Agriculture István Nagy.
No significant change in the weather is expected in the near future.
Temperatures around freezing at night can be expected in the coming days. According to the weather forecast, freezing is expected until Sunday. After that, the temperature will increase. István Nagy asks fruit growers and those working in agriculture to assess the damage, as they can count on the support of the remediation fund this year as well.
The Ministry of Agriculture also recommends that farmers protect plantations that are just beginning to bloom with fire and smoke. There is a ban on making fires, but defence is an exception to the ban. OMSZ points out that not only frost but also strong winds and low rainfall are hampering agricultural work. The weather caused damage especially in the southern and central parts of Hungary.
According to meteorologist László Molnár, such cold and extreme weather in April has occurred before, but the frequency of the phenomenon is increasing. According to Molnár, it is important to understand that climate change is not just about warming, but that both the strength and frequency of extreme weather conditions are increasing.