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Heatwave strikes Greece with up to 42.1°C; over 40°C recorded in 18 areas

Unseasonably high temperatures were recorded at midday Thursday, June 23,  in several regions in Greece as the first heatwave of the year hit the country. Thessaly and eastern Central Greece were the areas most affected by the heatwave recording up to 42.1 degrees Celsius.

According to the National Observatory of Athens service network temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius were recorded in 18 locations.

The highest one was registered at Lefkochori in Fthiotida prefecture, in central Greece, with at 42.1°C.

Kopaida,recorded 41.6°C, Platanoulia in Larissa 41.3°C, Livadia (Viotia) and Agia Triada (Fthiotida) 41.1°C.

A class lower but still over 40 degrees Celsius were Larissa with 40.9°C, Psachna on Evia with 40.8°C and Amfissa with 40.7°C.

In Eastern Macedonia and in Thrace, NE Greece, temperatures were lower than the rest of the country because of cold air fronts, clouds, and rain in those regions.

I was “lucky” to be in downtown Athens at 3 p.m. Thursday, where temperature was nice 39°C with high humidity.

Meteorologists have forecast that the peak of the heatwave would be Thursday, June 23, and that temperatures would drop as of Friday, June 24, 2022.

Forecast June 24-27, 2022

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  1. I seem to recall some years ago that there was an intense heat wave around 20 June at least in the Chania area. It was then followed by similar heat waves around 20 July and 20 August. Strangely the June heatwave was the hottest with the July one a little lower and the August one lower still. Logically I would have expected the opposite to occur?