Did you survive the heat wave over the weekend? Good. Get ready for another one, with temperatures up to 41 and even 43 degrees Celsius. Or even higher locally. Meteorologists speak an extreme heat wave, of the “worst heat wave of the decade.” The extreme heat wave is expected to last four days, with the hottest days to be Friday and Saturday, June 29 and July 1 2017.
Greece’s National Meteorology Service EMY issued an Orange Alert on Extreme Weather Phenomena, warning of rising temperatures that can locally reach extreme levels.
EMY Temperatures Forecast June 28-July 2 2017
Wednesday, June 28: temperature 39° Celsius
Thursday, June 29: 40°-41° C
Friday and Saturday, June 30 – July 1: 42° possibly 43° C
Sunday, July 2: 37°-39° C in Western Greece, 40°-42° C in the rest of mainland
Islands and coastal Greece
Wed-Thu, June 28-29: 35° C
Friday and Saturday, June 30 – July 1: 36° – 38° C
Sunday, July 2: 33°-35° C in Western Greece, 37°-39° C in the rest regions.
Temperature will gradually decrease across the country on Monday, July 3rd, the temperature drop will be senses in the whole country.
Orange Alerts urge authorities and citizens to take precaution measures as the extreme weather phenomena affect daily and outdoors activities.
According to Greek meteorologists, region affected mostly by the extreme heat wave are Thessaly, Attica and Eastern Peloponnese.
Meteorologist Giannis Kallianos comments that a 4-day extreme heat wave with temperatures over 41 degrees Celsius is not a usual Greek phenomenon.
Kallianos notes in a post on social media that “hot aerial masses have already started to move northwards from Tunesia and Algeria. The hot aerial masses are expected to reach central and eastern Mediterranean Sea, south-east Europe, parts of the Middle East and even parts of the Ukraine.”
According to the meteorologist, in some ‘heat sensitive’ regions of Greece like the plains of Central Macedonia, Thessaly, Argos, Kopaida plain in Viotia and Messaras on Crete, ‘mercury might hit more than 43-44 degrees Celsius.”
Throughout the month of June, rainstorms stroke Greek regions, while hail falls destroyed agricultural land and products.
A mini heat wave set in from the North over the weekend. The peak of the heat wave was on Sunday where highest temperatures were recorded at 3 pm among others in
Sparta 38.5° C
Athens (Patisia) 37.6° C
Loutraki 37.5° C
Larissa 37.4° C
Anavyssos (east Attica) 37.1° C
Argos (East Peloponnese) 36.9°C
I hear that municipalities consider to open spaces with A/C for the vulnerable groups of the society and for everyone who will want or need to spend the unbearable hot days in protected areas.
Never leave a baby, a young child or a pet in a parked car!
PS I only hope that municipality workers will have collected the tonnes of garbage by then otherwise the combination of heat wave and rotten garbage on the streets could possibly “exterminate” citizens by hundreds.
Don’t forget a huge bowl with fresh water for the strays!
If you can’t afford ac for your house with electricity bills high, spend your days in malls or places like McDonald’s!