Greece: 10-day heatwave, temps expected to reach 44C

High risk of wildfires in various regions

01 July, 17:43

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, 01 LUG - After a punishing 10-day heat wave, temperatures in Greece are expected to increase further on Thursday, reaching up to 44 degrees Celsius in some areas, according to forecasts by the Meteorological Observatory of Athens.

    The highest temperatures have been seen in central, mainland Greece, according to Greek weather services.

    The City of Athens has opened cooling centres for the most vulnerable populations, in particular the homeless, during daytime hours. The Acropolis of Athens, one of the most-visited tourist sites in the country, will remain closed from 1 pm to 5 pm on Thursday due to the heatwave tormenting the Greek capital, said directors at the archaeological site.

    Greek Civil Protection called on citizens to pay particular attention throughout this week, especially to children and the elderly, in getting proper hydration and avoiding the sun.

    It also warned of the high risk of wildfires in various regions and ensured that firefighters are standing by across the country.

    Greece regularly faces heatwaves and wildfires during the summer.

    In July 1987, nearly 1,500 people died following one of the worst heatwaves in Greek history. (ANSAmed).

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