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City of Athens takes measures for the long hot summer

The City of Athens has taken measures to enable citizens and vulnerable groups to cope with high temperatures and heatwaves, to protect parks and forests from fires and to help strays survive the hot days.

As of Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the municipality of Athens opens up air-conditioned spaces, provides medical advice and support, increases fire patrols in the capital’s big parks and forests.

These measures will be in effect for “as long as it takes” the municipality said ahead of a very hot summer.

Community centers open all from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to provide air-conditioned shelter to vulnerable residents and visitors are in:

  • Agios Pavlos (22 Mamouri & Dymis)
  • Neos Kosmos (15 Heldreich)
  • Votanikos (4 Kozanis)
  • Kolokynthous (9 Aimonos & Astrous)
  • Agios Eleftherios (372 Acharnon)
  • Kypseli (Skyrou & Kafkasou)
  • Ampelokipi (Panormou & Vatheos).

Citizens can also contact the 24-hour Citizen Service Line on tel 1595 or the “Heatwave HotLine” of the Municipal Clinics service (tel 210.363.8049), daily from 8.30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., to receive advice and guidance on how to deal with heat-related health problems.

Social workers, nurses and psychologists working with the city’s homeless will  be out in the streets distributing water, meals, coffee and protection kits.

Municipal patrols on foot and drones will be keeping an eye out for any possible fires on Lycabettus Hill.

More than 150 water receptacles have been out out for stray cats and dogs.

Residents and businesses are urged to take out the trash before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m. in the evening as collections will not take place during the hottest part of the day.

In addition, the City of Athens recommends:

– Cool Athens, a website dedicated to the protection and support of the city’s residents during the heatwave (https://coolathens.cityofathens.gr) Greek and English

– Free EXTREMA Global mobile application with real-time information on the temperature and heat category of the day with corresponding precautionary instructions. It indicates on a map the nearest cool spots (such as fountains, parks), the coolest routes to each destination through shady, tree-lined streets, and informs about the city’s air pollution levels. It provides the ability to monitor the risk of our vulnerable fellow human beings so they can be informed to stay safe. The app works in six languages ​​and has built-in locations of popular attractions and museums in the city.

PS I must say that it is the first time since I run this website (2010) I see the City of Athens with millions of residents, thousands commuters and hundred thousands of tourists to take such measures including information for Greeks and foreigners alike.

Ops! There is a new mayor since January….

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  1. Yup, that’s a first!

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