Meteorologists forecast extremely high temperatures that will reach locally up to 39-40 degrees Celsius over the upcoming weekend. The heat wave unprecedented for this time of the year and the deviation from the average seasonal temperature in mid-May is over 10 degrees Celsius, the weather service of National Observatory of Athens, meteo, said in its forecast on Thursday. “It will be the greatest recorded throughout the planet in the next few days,” the service added.
Main features of the hot aerial masses over Greece are up to 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 2020, increased concentration of Sahara dust and winds blowing with intensity of up to 5 Beaufort and locally up to 6.
A gradual but no significant temperature drop is expected on Monday, May 18, and a bigger one on Tuesday, May 19, when the hot air masses will move eastward. However, even then, temperatures will be still at an average of 36 degrees in several parts of the country and up to 37° C in the south-eastern Aegean Sea.
Temperature Forecast May 14-19, 2020
Sahara Dust forecast May 14-18, 2020
Greece is not the only country in the East Mediterranean Sea affected by the heat wave in the middle of the month. The following video shows the forecast of the movement of warm aerial masses at an altitude of about 1500 meters until Monday 18/05. The warm colors are painted red and the cold air masses are painted blue.
Due to the meteorological forecasts, Greece decided to allow organized beaches to open again for the public as of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Strict rules to maintain social distancing and to avoid crowding are to be implemented.