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Weather Service upgrades to Red Alert warning for Crete, Cyclades, Dodecanese

Greece’s National Meteorological Service EMY upgraded to Red Alert the weather warning for the islands in the South Aegean Sea, that is Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.

According to EMY’s new warning on Wednesday, heavy rainfall with thunderstorms and locally also hail fall are forecast on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, and the phenomena are expected to gradually weaken on Thursday, October 22.

EMY’s Red Alert Warning and Regions affected


Crete until evening hours on Thursday

Cyclades, mainly western Cyclades until Thursday noon.

Dodecanese until Thursday morning.

The weather warning issued by EMy two days earlier was on “orange” category. See below the weather forecast.

Greece’ National Meteorological Service issued a weather warning about a bad weather front that will affect mainly eastern and southern Greece as of Tuesday night. At the same time, the National Observatory of Athens warns of extreme weather phenomena on Crete forecast to last until Friday.

Main features of the bad weather front are heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, locally accompanied by hail. The weather deterioration will be temporary.

Weather Warning by EMY

Tuesday-Thursday, Oct 20-21, 2020

Regions affected:  Crete and probably temporarily the southern parts of the Peloponnese.

Tuesday night: Evia and from the early morning hours of Wednesday (Oct 21) also the western Cyclades.

Weakening of the phenomena are forecast from Thursday morning in the northern parts and in the afternoon in Crete.

Aegean Sea and Crete

Southern parts of the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades and Crete, are the areas where the phenomena are expected to be accompanied by increased electrical activity and locally hail fall.

The Meteo Service of the National Observatory point out at the large amounts of rainfall “capable of creating significant problems,” as a result of the “cold lake phenomenon, the northern current of the Aegean Sea and the topography of the island, as marked in the previous map.

Until 5 p.m. Tuesday almost 4,000 lighting bolts fell on Crete.

Crete Hail

Heavy hail fall hit Crete on Tuesday morning causing damages in agriculture and environment.

Hail damages olive crops, kills dozens of birds – via  cretapost.

Mostly affected was the area of Malia in the Prefecture of Heraklio – pictures via cretalive


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