This Monday afternoon, Belgium remains under the influence of a mass of relatively cool maritime air. An elevation trough will slowly cross our country from the west and lead to increased instability.
But since 2 p.m., the Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM) has decided to place the western part of the country on yellow rain alert. Locally intense and slowly moving showers are expected. Significant accumulations of precipitation will therefore be possible in places and could reach or exceed 20 mm in 6 hours.
These showers will at times be stormy and may give rise to gusts of wind. A situation such as number 1722 has been activated.
The number 1722 is activated in anticipation of the risk of storms or floods
The FPS Interior temporarily activates number 1722, intended for non-emergency firefighters, due to the bad weather warning broadcast on Monday by the Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM).
The IRM issued a bad weather warning for most provinces as early as the afternoon. Locally intense and slowly moving showers are expected. Significant accumulations of precipitation will therefore be possible in places and could reach or exceed 20 mm in 6 hours. These showers will sometimes be stormy and may give rise to gusts of wind, says the institute.
The 1722 unloads the emergency number 112 in the event of a storm and prevents people whose life is in potential danger from having to wait unnecessarily.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, operators of emergency centers 112, who also handle calls to the 1722 number, must be able to fully concentrate on handling urgent calls (urgent medical aid and emergency intervention by firefighters) and calls. to doctors on call, whether or not they are linked to an infection due to Covid-19.
People needing help from firefighters, when no life is potentially in danger, should therefore use their fire department’s electronic form (if they have one) or call 1722. The list electronic counters set up by the emergency zones in the event of a storm or flood can be found on the site www.112.be, under the heading “Pas urgent? “.
Time for the rest of the week
Tonight, we still expect showers (locally intense) over the center and east of the country. In the west, the weather will already become drier with broad clearings. During the night, the lull will affect most regions. In the second part or at the end of the night, we expect mist or patches of fog in places, and low clouds over the relief of the Ardennes. The minima will be between 8 and 13 degrees inland and will be around 14 or 15 degrees on the coast. The north to northwest wind will remain moderate over the south of the country and along the coast, and will generally become weak elsewhere.
This Tuesday, after the haze or morning grayness present in places has dissipated, the sky will be divided between large clearings and cloudy fields; the latter could still temporarily give rise to a shower on the Ardennes and in Belgian Lorraine. On the coast, the weather will remain fairly sunny with, however, a little more altitude sails at the end of the afternoon. The maximum will be between 19 and 21 degrees in the Ardennes, around 21 degrees on the coast and between 22 and 24 degrees elsewhere. The wind will be light to at times moderate, from northerly to north-westerly over the east, and variable or westerly to southwest over the west.
During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the weather will be calm, dry and generally not very cloudy with mainly a few clouds of altitude. The minima will be between 8 and 14 degrees, under a generally weak wind, and at the moderate coast, returning to the south-southwest to south-southeast sector.
Wednesday, the weather will be warm and serene with a few clouds of altitude. The maxima will be between 24 degrees in Haute Ardenne and 28 degrees in Campine. The wind will generally be light to moderate from the southerly sector.