The traditional snow field Mapa Republiky melted on Saturday, July 8, a day earlier than last year. The area, located on the slopes of Studniční Mountain in the Krkonoše National Park, disappeared five days earlier compared to 2021. The Krkonoše National Park spokesman, Radek Drahný, revealed the news on Monday. The Czech Republic has been facing hot weather recently, and Monday night was tropical.
The Mapa Republiky, located in the quiet zone of the Krkonoše National Park, is a snow formation that resembles the First Republic of Czechoslovakia with Subcarpathian Rus. It melts from east to west, leaving only “Central Bohemia” in the so-called depression area.
The structure is formed annually in the 1420 to 1455-meter altitude range. The snowfield melts relatively quickly in the end. For example, on June 22, the snow field covered about half of a soccer field.
The KRNAP managers have been conducting detailed measurements on the Mapa’s republiky since the late 1990s. During the past winter season, the park managers measured the most snow on April 6, which was 9.72 meters. However, in terms of long-term measurements, it was an average value. The KRNAP Administration recorded the most snow in the winter of 1999/2000 with a 15.7-meter snow cover.
Tropical Night and Hot Weather
The recent high temperatures contributed to the early melting. Temperature records were broken on the weekend, and Monday morning was hot. The temperature did not drop below 20°C in several places, making it a tropical night.
“The warmest morning is on Dyleni in western Bohemia, where the temperature didn’t drop below 22.0°C. And we also have the warmest night in the history of July 10 at several stations,” said the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) on Monday morning.
High temperatures will continue throughout the day, with the south of Moravia potentially reaching 36°C.
Lift Prices to Sněžka Rise
In other news, on Monday, July 12, it was reported that the cable car price to Sněžka has increased to 680 crowns for the holidays. Sněžka is the highest peak in the Czech Republic, and the cable car ride is a popular tourist attraction.
The KRNAP area is a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers. The unique landscape and the beautiful Krkonoše Mountains attract visitors from all over the world. The Mapa Republiky is just one of the many natural wonders in the Krkonoše National Park. Visitors can enjoy hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities while immersing themselves in the beauty of the Czech Republic’s natural landscape.