The sudden drop in temperatures is a physiological stress for plants, but it is not the only situation of this kind. In the previous period there were temperature fluctuations.
“It was -2..-3C at night and +12..+14C during the day. Of course the plants have already started vegetation, but not at an advanced stage, therefore we cannot say that the plants have completely lost the level of hardening, I mean the winter wheat. Plants are able to restore this ability. Yes, it is negative influence, but it is also the positive side of the problem. We are finally completing that big moisture deficit that we have in the soil, especially in the deeper starts, because we started spring with a rather terrible drought, the water deficit was around 50%”, says Boris Boincean.
The ICCC director says that at the moment no one can say how negative the impact of the weather may be on the plants.
“You see it’s quiet rains, they’re not torrential rains, they’re not torrential rains, so I still hope that this water will penetrate into the deeper states of the soils. But if these rains last longer, then the plants will suffer from asphyxiation, i.e. lack of oxygen, and this can have a negative impact,” added Boris Boincean.
The director of the Moldovafruct Association, Iurie Fală, said that for now it is not clear how much the orchards were affected by the precipitation and low temperatures. Information on this subject is to be published in a week or two.
According to the State Hydrometeorological Service, the Republic of Moldova is currently under the influence of a Mediterranean cyclone. It will remain in the territory of the country today and in the coming night. Tomorrow the day should leave our country and it will warm up and the temperatures will rise up to +5..+10 degrees. Currently, the variation from the meteorological norm is between -4..-8 degrees. The normal daily average during this period should have been +8..+9 degrees.
We specify that meteorologists recently issued a Yellow Code for frosts, which was initially announced until Thursday morning, April 6, with heavy precipitation in the form of rain and sleet turning into snow being forecast. It was later extended until Saturday, April 8.
In the northern districts of the country, the precipitation fell in the form of snow, which led to traffic difficulties on the national roads and the blocking of cars in the mud.
In Romania, the extreme weather led to the blocking of national and county roads in at least 24 localities. Also, schools in Botoșani and Iași counties were closed for the sixth of April.
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