Prague, Aug 15 (CTK) – Thursday, Friday and this morning have been exceptionally tragic on Czech roads, claiming 15 lives while the annual daily toll is less than two deaths.
Five people died in traffic accidents on Thursday, seven on Friday and three during this morning.
Some experts say high temperatures are indirect causes of up to 20 percent of all accidents. Drivers are influenced by fatigue mainly between 2:00 and 4:00 and in the afternoon.
Two of Saturday’s fatal accidents occurred during the night and one in the the morning. The victims were a pedestrian, a motorcyclist and a car driver.
The Czech Republic has been experiencing tropical weather when temperatures cross 30 degrees centigrade for several weeks, which is unusual.
The thermometer often climbs up to 37 degrees and even more, particularly in Prague and eastern Moravia.
The temperatures do not drop even during the night. The Klementinum observatory in Prague that has measured temperatures since 1775 recorded 24 tropical nights to date this summer.
This beats the record of 13 tropical nights in 1994.
The number of tropical nights in Prague is highest in the whole country.