Greece and Cyprus are facing an extreme heat wave.
A gloomy scenario emerges in the weather models.
The meteorologists are alarmed.
Athens - Hot air masses from Africa pour into the Mediterranean area.
According to meteorologists, the Sahara air is causing temperatures in Italy, the Balkans, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey to skyrocket.
Heat wave threatens Greece and Cyprus
Greece is threatened by a heat wave.
From Tuesday (July 27th) on, temperatures are expected to rise locally to 44 degrees during the day.
The mainland is particularly hard hit.
The Greek weather service
that the values there should be between 43 and 44 degrees
It hardly cools down at night - the temperatures don't drop below 30 degrees.
In addition, the heat should last exceptionally long - until August 2nd.
The current weather models agreed with the
weather experts on these points.
The temperatures are much higher than normal for this time of year.
Heat wave in Greece: weather service and civil defense warn the population
The Greek weather service and civil defense are already issuing warnings.
It is particularly stressful for the human body when the temperatures hardly drop at night.
There is no recovery phase.
The longer the extreme weather lasts, the more dangerous it is for health.
In addition to the heat wave, strong winds are also expected.
It has been dry in Greece and Cyprus for weeks.
Fires could then spread quickly.
In June it was extremely hot in Greece for over ten days.
People and animals suffered from a scorching heat.
Historic heat wave in Greece - thousands of people lost their lives
Greece has bad memories of extreme heat waves. In 1987, an estimated 4,000 people died in a similar period of heat. Back then there were few air-conditioning systems and city apartments became a death trap, especially for the elderly. Another heat wave with strong winds burned large areas on the Peloponnese peninsula in 2007, killing dozens of people. Now it is feared that the announced wave could overshadow all of this.
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