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Warning: Extreme Weather Conditions to hit Greece, Nov 21-22/2013

Greek National Weather Forecast and General secretariat for civilian protection warn of extreme weather conditions that will hit Greece late Thursday and Friday, November 21st and 22nd 2013. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected in specifically in Western and North Greece, in the Ionian Sea, Epirus and Western Sterea. The …

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Athens: time for our regular summer pollution (smog)

Headache? Coughing? Chest pressure? Blocked nostrils? No worries. It’s just the smog over Athens. This yellow-grey cloud hanging over the Greek capital summer-in and summer-out.  Air-pollution in a city with almost zero industry. Breathtaking air-pollution while temperatures are moderate and thus about 33 degrees Celsius. Smog with dangerous particles that reach the alarm level. …

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Athens torrential rain: dramatic driver rescue from muddy waters

A woman experienced the shock of her life when her car was trapped by raging  waters and mud in Chalandri suburb of northern Athens on Friday morning. The driver opened the vehicle door and attempted to walk to safe soil. But it was impossible. The water level has reached her …

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Torrential rain in Athens claims one victim: Woman, 24, dies in her car

A 24-year-old woman passed away on Friday morning apparently from the shock to be in her car trapped in rushing waters caused by torrential rain that hit Athens on Friday morning. According to information from the Health Ministry,  the woman’s car had stopped in the middle of a street that had …

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Torrential rains paralyze Athens: rivers flooded, streets turn into rivers (pcts,video)

Rivers flooded, streets turned into rivers, motorists were trapped, houses and shops flooded and public transport was disrupted as torrential rains fell in Athens on Friday morning. The storm started in the early morning hours with thunder and lightning so violent and loud that people woke up from their sleep. …

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Athens: orange alert due to smog particles and Sahara dust

A dangerous cocktail of ‘fire wood smog particles’ and clouds of red Sahara-dust have alerted the Greek environment ministry. According to official atmospheric data collected from several suburbs in Athens, the smog reached dangerous levels during the last two days. While the Environment Ministry advices citizens to avoid lighting fire …

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Athens: Torrential rains turn streets into rivers, trap motorists

Torrential rains in Athens and Piraeus turned main streets into rivers trapping motorists and causing heavy traffic problems. Especially hit by the rain are suburbs in western Athens with residents calling the fire brigades to vent water from homes and stores basements. Traffic lights -like in Patission street – broke down adding …

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Athens in grip of …snowflakes

A rare weather phenomenon cheered up austerity-hit Athenians and caused traffic problems in the Greek capital. Billions of snowflakes fell during the night and keep falling not only in the northern suburb of Athens but also in the south, next to the sea.   07:45 am Thrakomakedones Most of the …

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Heavy rainfall floods roads, basements & shops. One dead

Heavy rains caused serious problems across Greece, leaving behind one dead and flooded homes, shops and streets. One man was found dead at the shore of Kaletzi river in Karditsa, in Northern Greece. The 67-year-old pensioner had left the village coffee shop on Saturday evening while heavy rainfall was hitting the area. …

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First sea swim in December – eeeverrrr

I can’t hide it! I am deeply proud to have successfully performed my very first swim at open sea in December. At a nice Athens beach. Together with some thirty other crazy Greeks. My very first winter swim eeeverrr 🙂 I must confess the sea was tiny bit more than just ‘frsh’* and hundreds …

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Hottest August Weekend with 41° Celsius in the Shadow

Lucky are the ones living near the sea. Greece will “boil” for one more time, but most likely the last one for this summer. Then it would be extremely odd, to have a heat wave in September… In some parts of Greece, temperatures are expected to reach 41° Celsius on …

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Another Heat Wave Hits Greece (4-8 Aug/2012)

Get together with bathing suits, sun umbrellas and high protection creams and move to the nearest beach,  as soon as possible. Another heat wave is about to occupy Greece from August 4th to 8th, 2012. According to the forecasts by weather girls and boys, temperatures are expected to reach even …

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Athens: Low-Emission Cars to Drive Through Greece’s Capital as of Sept 1/2012

As I have been permanently about the air-pollution in Athens, I should be fair and post about the new measures to be applied as of September 1 st 2012 and allowing only low-emissions car to drive through the centre of the Greek capital. Below the new measure as posted by daily Kathimerini:  The …

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Greece: Finally Some Summer Breeze…. :)

The heat wave that held Greece in its grip for ten days is finally gone! Temperature fell down some 8 degrees Celsius in comparison to yesterday. North winds are blowing, in several  regions with an intensity of 8 Beaufort. We opened balcony doors and windows to let the cooling breeze in. …

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