The temperature will shoot up in Greece from tomorrow as hot air is brought in from the Sahara. The mercury could already rise locally to 41 degrees on Wednesday. The heat wave is expected to last until early August. Even after the sun has set, people will no longer be able to count on cooling. The mercury is not expected to drop below 25 or 26 degrees at night from Tuesday, either.
It is getting seriously hot, meteorologist Yannick Damen also notes Weather Plaza. “Actually, it’s 40 degrees a few times a year. Those values are actually always achieved inland, due to the influence of the sea it is normally less hot on the islands. You can see that now.”
The islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas can count on maximums of 35 to 37 degrees in the coming days. “It is still tough for holidaymakers there, especially because we are not really used to these kinds of temperatures as the Dutch. Fortunately, there is some wind, which means that the perceived temperature is slightly lower.”
The all-time heat record for Greece is 48.0 degrees, measured on July 10, 1977 in Athens. Damen: ,,With the current expectations, we are nowhere near that.”
Sustained heat can have harmful effects on people’s health. In addition, it is feared that wildfires could spread quickly. There has been little rain in recent weeks and strong winds are forecast.
Earlier this month, the Greek fire brigade managed to bring dozens of forest fires under control despite the strong winds. The Civil Protection Service previously warned that the danger has not passed and that new wildfires could break out due to the weather conditions.
Greece faces wildfires every summer, fueled by dry weather, high winds and temperatures often well above 30 degrees. In 2018, 102 people died in the coastal town of Mati, near Athens. According to Greek media, 179 fires were caused by negligence last year and 26 were started deliberately.
At least the heat doesn’t come to us. It will remain changeable in the Netherlands for the time being with a daily chance of showers and especially Wednesday to Friday also a lot of wind. In addition, it will gradually become less warm with temperatures of about 20 degrees this weekend, for example. Normally it is 21 degrees in the northwest at the end of July to 25 in the southeast.
A state of emergency has been declared in Sardinia due to forest fires: