CIVIL DE­FENSE WARNS OF WILD­FIRES AS TEM­PER­A­TURES RISE

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FRONT PAGE -

BEIRUT: Le­banon’s Civil De­fense warned Fri­day of pos­si­ble wild­fires as tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to reach 34 de­grees Cel­sius Fri­day, 10 de­grees above av­er­age for this time of year. Tem­per­a­ture highs in Novem­ber usu­ally av­er­age 24 de­grees Cel­sius, making the up­com­ing five days far hot­ter than their yearly av­er­age, a source at Beirut air­port’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ment told The Daily Star. Civil De­fense shared a map show­ing where fires are likely to hap­pen. Ar­eas in north and south Le­banon were placed at “medium-high risk” of wild­fires for Fri­day and Satur­day, while other dis­tricts re­mained at medium risk. Sun­day, Tripoli, Beirut and south Le­banon were rated to be at high risk of wild­fires. Ar­eas in north Le­banon, Chouf, Aley, Western Bekaa and sur­round­ing dis­tricts will have medium to high risk of wild­fires. Coastal ci­ties are ex­pect­ing to see tem­per­a­tures rang­ing be­tween 31-34 de­grees dur­ing the day Fri­day. By night, the tem­per­a­tures should drop to about 16 – with the ex­cep­tion of Beirut, which is ex­pected to fall to 22 de­grees. Winds are ex­pected to range be­tween 10 and 35 kilo­me­ters per hour. Tem­per­a­tures in the moun­tains will range from 16 to 26 de­grees, while tem­per­a­tures in the Bekaa will range from 10 to 29 de­grees. For coastal ci­ties, tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to drop to a high of 31 to 32 de­grees Satur­day and Sun­day, and a low of 15, also with the ex­cep­tion of Beirut, which would have a low of 20 de­grees. Civil De­fense said Fri­day that its per­son­nel were on high alert, and called on the pub­lic to dial its hot­line, 125, to re­port fires. Last month, a com­bi­na­tion of high tem­per­a­tures and wind speeds caused the worst wild­fires Le­banon has seen in decades. –

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