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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2019-270
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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2019-270
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Submitted as: research article 23 Sep 2019

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Summer variation of the UTCI index and Heat Waves in Serbia

Milica M. Pecelj1,2,3, Milica Z. Lukić4, Dejan J. Filipović4, and Branko M. Protić4 Milica M. Pecelj et al.
  • 1Geographical Institute Jovan Cvijić Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2Department of Geography, University of East Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 3South Ural State University, Institute of Sports, Tourism and Service, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 4University of Belgrade – Faculty of Geography, Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract. The objective of this paper is the assessment of bioclimatic conditions in Sebia. A special emphasis has been given to the heat budget bioclimatic Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) whose purpose is to evaluate degree of thermal stress that human body is exposed to during the last twenty years. In addition, the thresholds of daily maximum temperatures are analysed in order to identify increase and frequency of heat waves in Serbia. For this research, daily and hourly (07 h and 14 h) meteorological data from 3 weather station (Mt. Zlatibor, Novi Sad, Niš) are collected for the period 1998–2017. The results show that the most frequent UTCI heat stress categories are strong heat stress and very strong heat stress. The most extreme heat waves events are occurred in 2007, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Moreover, there were three Heat wave events (HWE) in Niš occurred in July, 2007 lasting 3, 10 and 4 days in row. Heat wave events (HWE) In July 2007 (10 days) and July 2012 (9 days) in Niš are occurrences with maximum number of days in row recorded.

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Extreme summer temperatures often have a negative effect causing dangerous conditions for human in man. Although a HW is understood as a meteorological event its significance is presented by impact on man too by UTCI. The idea is to observe the variation of UTCI during the summer months and to rate how much thermal stress has occurred in the in the past 20 years. The most extreme heat waves events are occurred in 2007 2012 2015 and 2017 during July and Aug. HW have occurred during Sep 2015 too.
Extreme summer temperatures often have a negative effect causing dangerous conditions for human...
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