Greece and Cyprus are facing extreme heat waves. A grim scenario looms in the weather patterns. Meteorologists are alarmed. According to meteorologists, the Sahara air will cause a sharp jump in temperature in Italy, the Balkans, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.
Starting Tuesday (July 27), temperatures are expected to rise to 44 degrees throughout the day. The mainland of the country will be especially hard hit. The Greek Meteorological Service announced that the values there should be between 43 and 44 degrees.
It will hardly get colder at night - the temperature will not drop below 30 degrees. In addition, the heat should last an exceptionally long time - until August 2.
The air temperature is much higher than normal for this time of year. For the human body, this is especially severe stress when the temperature almost does not drop at night. There is no recovery phase.
The longer extreme weather lasts, the more dangerous it is to health. In addition to the heat, strong winds are expected. In Greece and Cyprus, the weather has been dry for several weeks. In this case, fires can spread quickly.
Greece has bad memories of extreme heatwaves. In 1987, about 4,000 people died in a similar heat wave. There were few air conditioning systems then, and city apartments became death traps, especially for the elderly. Another heat wave with strong winds burned large areas in the Peloponnese in 2007, killing dozens of people.
Now there are fears that the expected heatwave could overshadow the whole thing.