Local News in Brief: Laziness prescribed ahead of ozone levels soaring on Denmark’s ‘warmest day’
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In other news, breezy canal tours could be off the schedule later this month if strike action isn’t averted
Should tomorrow seem pretty quiet at the office, it’s probably because several employers have caved into demands to give workers the day off in light of the impending heat expected across most of the country.
While the all-time record of 36.4 degrees looks safe for now, southeast Denmark is expecting temperatures of 35 degrees, while thermometers will most likely reach 34 in the capital region, making Wednesday August 8 the hottest day of the year so far.
Approaching the red
The employees have a strong case as many people could encounter respiratory difficulties if they overdo it in the heat, and southeast Denmark will be the worst affected, with the capital region also in the firing line (see below).
According to DCE – Nationalt Center for Miljø og Energis, ozone concentration levels will reach 140-160 micrograms per cubic metre tomorrow – anything over 180 would require the Miljøstyrelsen environment authority to inform the public of the potential dangers. A normal concentration is between 50 and 100 micrograms.
Warned to take it easy
Strong winds are bringing the ozone concentrations northwards from France, which has been dealing with high levels (190-220 micrograms) for almost two weeks now, while ozone levels are also boosted near the ground by the release of organic substances and nitrogen oxides under sunlight and high heat.
The French public have been warned about reining in strenuous physical activity, driving speeds and barbecues, and to watch out for symptoms such as coughing, increased mucus production, a dryness of the throat, fatigue, chest pain, headaches and nausea.
Canal tour strike impending
Relief from the heat on a walk around sunny Copenhagen can often be found on a breezy canal tour – an excellent way to appreciate the beauty of the capital, many agree. But later this month, tourists might be left disappointed, as a strike over “unfair working conditions” looks likely to disrupt services for a while. Employees are arguing for a pay rise believed to be around 18 percent and better working conditions – particularly pertaining to breaks, toilets and holiday pay. Negotiations between employers and staff representatives collapsed on Monday, and on Tuesday morning the HK union sent the companies Canal Tours and Strömma an intention to strike notice. The strike could therefore begin in 14 days’ time on Tuesday August 21.
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