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Fire Weather warning for Greece due to Hot-Dry-Windy conditions (Maps)

Τhe Fire Weather team FLAME of the National Observatory of Athens and the Civil Protection warn of very high risk of fires in Greece on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29, 2022. The adverse fire weather conditions will continue also over the weekend, July 30-31, 2022.

Based on the latest available forecast data analyzed by the FLAME pyro-meteorological team of the National Observatory of Athens (EAA) / meteo.gr, the already burdened fire weather conditions are expected to worsen during these two days.

The cause of this significant deterioration is the expected strengthening of the northern winds in the Aegean Sea and the eastern mainland, in combination with the very hot and dry conditions prevailing during the last few days

The Hot-Dry-Windy conditions have significantly increased the flammability of forest fuels.

Overall, the fire-meteorological conditions on Thursday 28.07.2022 and Friday 29.07.2022 are expected to be characterized by the particularly dangerous, for the occurrence and spread of forest fires, Hot – Dry – Windy type of weather.

Fire Weather Forecast

Thursday, July 28

A very high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Attica, Viotia, Central  and South Evia, Corinth, Argolida and Laconia.

A high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Evros (including the Dadia area), and locally in Rhodopi, Fthiotida, Fokida, Ilia, Messinia, Samothraki, Limnos, Lesvos, Chios and Samos.

A high potential for wind-driven forest fires is expected in the northernmost islands of the Cyclades.

Hot-Dry-Windy index

*Colors from yellow to purple indicate the more adverse fire weather conditions.

Friday, July 29

The very high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads remains in Attica, Viotia, South and Central Evia, Corinth, Argolida and Laconia.

The high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads remains in Evros (including the area of ​​Dadia), Chios, and locally in Rhodopi, Fthiotida, Fokida, Ilia, Messinia, Achaia, Lesbos, and Samos.

The high potential for wind-driven forest fires remains in the Cyclades, Kasos, Karpathos and South Crete.

Hot-Dry-Windy index

It is pointed out that in the above geographical zones, special attention should be paid to areas where northerly winds will “align” with the topography and forest fuel (eg, when the wind blows perpendicular to the slope of a densely vegetated mountain mass), maximizing the potential for extreme fire behavior.

Weekend July 30-13

The forecast data currently available indicate a continuation of adverse fire-meteorological conditions on the weekend of 30-31.07.2022 in eastern and southern Greece, including Attica, Evia, parts of the Peloponnese and the Aegean islands.

The FLAME pyro-meteorological team of EAA / meteo.gr will continue to monitor the forecast and real data, updating and specifying the estimates for the areas where the worst fire weather conditions are expected.

Hazard maps, based on the Canadian System of Fire Meteorological Indicators appropriately adapted to the fire environment of Greece, are also available daily from the home page of meteo.gr.

Civil Protection Warnings

“very high risk” of fires are marked Orange,  areas in “high risk” are marked Yellow.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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Friday, July 29, 2022

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According to the Greek Fire Service:

3,189 forest fires took place May 1 – July 27, 2022

345 in the last 7 days

33 in the last 24 hours

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In case of fire, call <119> or <112>.

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