LifestyleRecord-breaking heatwave hits southern Europe: Greece, Cyprus, Italy sizzle

Record-breaking heatwave hits southern Europe: Greece, Cyprus, Italy sizzle

Tourists are enjoying the sun in Cyprus
Tourists are enjoying the sun in Cyprus
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10:04 AM EDT, June 6, 2024

People love spending their vacations in the southern part of Europe primarily due to the reliable weather. However, what is happening in their favorite countries now is excessive for many. Thermometers in Greece and Cyprus are showing record temperatures, and conditions in Italy are not any better either.

Even before the vacation season starts in earnest, a heatwave is hitting Greece and Cyprus this week.

Scorching heat

On Tuesday, in three locations in Greece, the temperature exceeded 102°F. On Wednesday afternoon in Athens, thermometers showed 93°F. Authorities urge residents and visitors to drink plenty of water and avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day. Interestingly, this is Greece's warmest first week of June in recorded history. The previous record for this period was set in 2019.

Meteorologists are warning of frequent and intense heatwaves in the coming summer months. They remind us that the past winter in Greece was the warmest in recorded history. Authorities are also alerting that the upcoming summer season will be very challenging regarding wildfires.

In Cyprus, due to high temperatures exceeding 104°F in the central part of the country, an order was issued prohibiting specific outdoor work between 12 PM and 4 PM. This includes work by couriers delivering packages by bicycle and motorcycle and those working on construction sites.

It will get even hotter

The first heatwave of the year is also approaching Italy. In some parts of the country, it may bring temperatures reaching 104°F. The so-called African anticyclone will arrive in the center and north on Friday and Saturday, and between Sunday and Monday, it will hit the south.

According to forecasts, hot air masses from the Sahara will also bring high humidity, especially in the Po Valley region, alpine valleys, and central Italy.

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