Snowfall at the highest point of Szeklerland in June

In the last couple of days, the weather had been cooling off in the Hargita/Harghita mountains, but it was still a surprise when during the night of June 1, the rain turned into snow, and a 1-2 cm layer of snow appeared the next day on the mountain peak of Madarasi-Hargita/Harghita-Mădăraș, 1,801 meters high.

“Helló nyár” (“Hello Summer” in Hungarian) written in the snow on the morning of June 2, 2020, at Madarasi-Hargita. (Photo: Hunor Ferencz)

Although hard winters are common in Szeklerland, snowfall in June is out of the ordinary. But this is exactly what happened Monday night, when the highest parts of the Hargita Mountains turned white.

According to the Romanian Meteorological Service’s forecast, cold weather can be expected in the mountains between June 1-4, meaning the average maximum temperature will be between 6-8 degrees Celsius and the average minimum will be slightly below freezing. The unusually cold first days of June will then be followed by a gradual warming, hitting a maximum of 12-18 degrees Celsius, with a temperature at night between 6-10  degrees Celsius.

The atmospheric pressure will be high in mountain areas, manifesting in showers, lightning, short-term wind storms, and hail.


Title image: Madardasi Hargita (1,801 meters) covered with snow on the morning of June 2, 2020. (Photo: Hunor Ferencz)

Author: Attila Szoó