Greece is facing a “historic and prolonged heat wave”. Here’s what meteorologists are saying on Saturday. Mercury could rise to 46°C on the mainland in the coming days. So the authorities in Greece have taken measures to calm people down during the intense heat wave.
A warning was issued in Greece earlier this week due to the extreme temperatures. The heat wave is expected to last until early August. During the wave, nighttime temperatures are not expected to drop below 25 degrees, in major cities not even below 30 degrees.
Severe weather may trigger new wildfires or exacerbate already raging fires. At the foot of Mount Pentelikon, near the outskirts of the capital, Athens, a violent forest fire broke out earlier this week.
Air-conditioned buildings are opened to citizens in several places in the country. The government is also sending air-conditioned tents and containers to camps where migrants are received. Greeks are urged to refrain from activities that could lead to fires, not to travel unnecessarily and to use water and electricity in moderation.
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