Strong winds replace sweltering temperatures in Marmara

Strong winds replace sweltering temperatures in Marmara

Strong winds blowing in the Marmara region have affected daily life, disrupting sea transportation.

August 23, 2010, Monday/ 15:57:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
After wilting under high temperatures for a month, the Marmara region over the weekend was battered by strong winds that managed to exert an adverse effect on daily life.The Marmara, Black Sea and Mediterranean regions have been among the most affected by the recent high temperatures. Excessive heat and humidity impacted the daily lives of İstanbul residents, with the effective temperature feeling around 50 degrees Celsius due to 96 percent humidity in the air despite the thermometer registering only 32 Celsius.

The temperatures have finally fallen with the north wind blowing in from the western and northern parts of the country, but the strong winds disrupted water transportation in the Marmara Sea on Sunday, forcing the İstanbul Ferry Lines (İDO) to cancel ferries between Yenikapı and Bostancı, Bursa and Kabataş and Bandırma and Bostancı. Ferries between Çanakkale and Bozcaada were also suspended. The State Meteorological Bureau warned that western parts of the Black Sea region, the Marmara region and the Aegean region are expected to be hit by storms today.

Also in Tekirdağ, 27 Turkish flagged and foreign ships were re-routed to Şarköy on the coast for the night. Twenty-two ships continued on their way the following morning, but five vessels waited for the winds to abate.

Meteorologists also warned about torrential rain which would accompany high winds. Coastal parts of the Black Sea region and Kocaeli and Sakarya are expected to be hit by heavy downpours today. Meanwhile, temperatures are still high and above seasonal averages in southern parts of the country.

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