The National Meteorological Service said that temperatures reached 34.2 degrees celsius in the eastern town of Poroszló, beating the 1983 record for this time of year by 0.1 degrees. Budapest also baked, with the 32.5 degrees centigrade beating the 1983 record by 0.6 degrees.
National Disaster Management Spokesman Tibor Dobson advised people to drink lots of water and to go to work earlier and return later to avoid the worst of the heat. He also counselled against leaving your favourite dog or child in a car to roast, as told people to keep gas lighters out of the sun.
The heat was a factor in almost causing the national power grid to fail last Tuesday, a company told MTI news agency. A surge in electricity consumption brought on by sweaty office workers cranking up the air conditioning combined with several local failures to create restricted supplies in some areas.