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Meteorologists called Greece’s worst heat wave since 1987.

Meteorologists called Greece’s worst heat wave since 1987.

The current heat wave in Greece will be the longest since 1987, when the heatwave lasted 12 days, according to the Greek public television ERT.

“Long -term heat began in the country, meteorologists warn of particularly high temperatures, and the authorities give citizens the instructions for protection. Events in a row, the thermometer did not fall even at night. NASA satellites fix the temperature, and the average temperature over the past 72 hours in Greece is 35.6 degrees. The country is as one large greenhouse. People are looking for a drop of seams on the beaches, pastry At full capacity, the fans are in fashion again, and water bottles have become an object of necessity, ”the TV channel said.


It’s the worst heat wave since 1987, said Antonis Lalos, director of the EMY National Weather Service.

“At the moment, with the exception of two to three days, there were no July meltemi winds (seasonal northerly winds), July is statistically the month with the most meltemis and the prevalence of very high temperatures. Now the temperatures are unprecedented in duration for our country, and it seems that the record of 1987, when for about 12-13 days the temperatures were very high, will be broken. Now the duration of the heat will be much longer,” said Lalos.

In Greece, in summer, the air temperature rarely drops below 30 degrees, and the 40-degree heat usually lasts no longer than four to five days. The National Meteorological Service of Greece considers hot weather when the maximum temperature exceeds 39 degrees Celsius, the minimum is above 26 degrees, and such weather is observed over a wide area for at least three days.

According to experts, the heat in 1987 was the most “deadly” – it stood for 12 days, from July 17 to 28. In Athens, eight days was 41-44 degrees of heat.

According to official data, then 1.3 thousand people died from the heat, and according to unofficial data, more than one and a half thousand people died.


All archaeological sites throughout Greece, including the famous Acropolis, will be closed due to extreme heat from 12 noon to 5.30 pm. Residents outside the city run to the beaches to swim in the sea, many prefer to spend time doing water sports, notes ERT.