There is no end in sight to the scorching heat in Greece, with temperatures exceeding 40 ° C

There is no end in sight to the scorching heat in Greece, with temperatures exceeding 40 ° C
There is no end in sight to the scorching heat in Greece, with temperatures exceeding 40 ° C

Cyprus suffers from prolonged heat waves that can last more than ten days. The maximum temperature is expected to rise to 44 degrees Celsius next week, several degrees above normal.

An unusually hot and prolonged heatwave has set in on the island, and there are no signs that temperatures will decrease until the end of next week.

On Friday, the Meteorological Office announced another yellow hazard level due to extremely high temperatures, warning that the thermometer will rise even higher over the weekend and will peak on August 2.

Since July 27, temperatures have remained well above the season average of 37 ° C.

Meteorologist Eric Kitas said temperatures are expected to be dangerously close to 45 ° C next week as hot air from Africa heats the region.

"The anticyclone formed in the eastern Mediterranean will maintain high temperatures, and the minimum temperatures will force the Meteorological Office to issue a night warning," Kitas said.

"This anticyclone is contributing to higher temperatures in the eastern part of the sea, the Balkans and Turkey. As a result, Greece and Turkey may experience the hottest days on record."

Heatwave hit southeastern Europe Thursday, exacerbating wildfires and forcing residents to flee to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned places to find some relief.

In parts of Greece and most of the region, temperatures have risen above 40 ° C.

Weather experts in Athens said they predict the heatwave will last until next week, making it one of the strongest recorded in the country since the mid-1980s.

At least three people have died in southern Turkey and dozens have been hospitalized due to the intense summer heat and strong winds that fanned two separate wildfires.

Wild fires in Greece threaten residential buildings for the third day in a row: on Thursday, a fire was reported in the vicinity of the city of Patras in the west of the country.

Kitas said the wildfires in Turkey are not helping to lower temperatures in Cyprus as winds are currently blowing from the north, bringing smoke and even more heat from the burning forests with them.

Meanwhile, the Forestry Department said the risk of wildfires remained at the red alert level and urged the population to be more vigilant.

He urged the population to refrain from any action that could lead to forest fires in extremely high temperatures.

Making a fire without permission is a crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a € 50,000 fine, or both.

Cyprus experienced the worst fire in its recent history on July 3, when a fire that began in Arakapas, Limassol, took the lives of four Egyptian workers and burned 55 sq. km of forest and wild vegetation, destroying about 80 houses.

Police believe the fire was caused by a 67-year-old farmer who illegally burned vegetation.

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