Watch out, as the Danube is on the brink of overflowing its banks, calling for the closure of the lower embankments.

Don't plan a riverside walk in downtown Budapest in the upcoming days, as the Danube is expected to flood its banks. According to the latest forecasts, several sections of the lower embankment may be submerged by Friday or even earlier. So because of the continuous rise in water levels, embankments will be closed on both sides of the river, starting tonight. That means from 8 pm on June 6th, no traffic will be allowed on Buda's lower embankment, from Mozaik utca to Rákóczi Bridge, and the Pest lower embankment, from Népfürdő utca to Közraktár utca. 

If the situation makes it necessary, tram lines 2, 2B and 23 along the Pest embankment will run on a shortened route – keep checking BudapestGo or for updates. Due to the flood protection measures, the usual car-free embankment event will also be cancelled this weekend. 

It's too early to tell when it'll be safe to reopen the embankments. It may only happen early next week after a comprehensive disinfectant cleaning will be completed.

The photos are mere illustrations, all taken during a flood last December.