Writing on the social media platform Twitter, the VRT’s weatherman Frank Deboosere said that yesterday’s temperatures were “a gigantic record”. With the 39.7°C recorded at the Ukkel (Brussels) weather centre Frank Deboosere’s comments are no exaggeration.
The new record is 3.1°C higher than the previous record of 36.6°C that was recorded on 27 June 1947.
Since 1994 the warmest day of the year recorded at the Ukkel Weather Centre has always been above 30°C. While the new record at Ukkel now stands at 39.7°C there were places elsewhere in the country where it was even warmer. In Beitem, near Roeselare (West Flanders) a top temperature of 40.7°C was recorded. While a temperature of 41.8°C was recorded in Begijnendijk (Flemish Brabant).
Thunders storms and rain
In many places the warmest day ended with a Thunder storm and a downpour of rain and in some places hail. In the Flemish Brabant town of Halle the Fire Service received a total of 70 calls to deal with uprooted trees, braches and damaged roofs.
Elsewhere, in Wevelgem (West Flanders) a fallen tree ended up on the roof of the local library. It took fire-fighters hours to clear the debris.