Romania's Crop-Damaging Heat Wave to Continue Next Week

Romania’s heat wave that’s dried out fields and damaged corn crops in the European Union’s second-largest grower of the grain is set to continue into next week, the country’s weather agency said.

Temperatures will climb as high as 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the period through Aug. 8, the National Meteorological Administration wrote in an agro-weather bulletin today.

Average daily temperatures will range from 20 to 31 degrees Celsius for most agricultural areas, 1 to 8 degrees higher than normal, the weather office wrote. Small amounts of rain may fall locally, particularly in the north and southeast.

Most of the country will continue to be in drought, ranging from moderate to extreme, the forecaster said. Hot weather and a lack of water is forcing crop maturation, causing wilting and curling leaves and weakening corn and sunflowers, the weather office said.

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