The recent cold spell over Bulgaria will give way to warmer weather as the country heads into the four-day Orthodox Easter weekend, but the forecast also includes cloudy skies and some rain, with the possibility thunderstorms in some areas.
The long weekend begins with Orthodox Good Friday on April 22 and ends on Orthodox Easter Monday on April 25. Holidays usually bring heavy outbound traffic from the capital Sofia on the first day and equally heavy inbound traffic on the last day of the long weekend.
As in previous years, traffic police were to monitor major highways and other key roads for traffic violations, including speeding and drink-driving.
Motorists are also urged to be careful as rain is forecast across the country for the whole weekend, although it is mostly expected to come in the form of light showers. Towards the end of the weekend, thunderstorms are expected in western and northern Bulgaria.
In Sofia, daily highs are expected to reach between 20 degrees Celsius on Friday and 24 degrees on Monday, while lows are expected to be between 5C and 9C.
Cloudy skies are expected throughout the weekend, with the exception of Easter Sunday when the weather is expected to be mostly sunny.
The city of Plovdiv is set for high temperatures ranging from 20C to 23C and daily lows of 6C to 10C. Clouds and rain are forecast for Friday and Monday, but the intervening Saturday and Sunday are expected to be mostly sunny.
On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, temperatures are expected to be slightly lower, with daily highs ranging from 15 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees over the long weekend. Although the weather was expected to be mostly cloudy, it was less likely to rain than in other parts of the country.
The four-day Easter weekend is the first of three successive long weekends in Bulgaria this spring, followed by three-day weekends due to Labor Day (April 30-May 2) and Saint -Georges (May 6-8).
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