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New cold spell forecast in Greece from Monday afternoon

Another bout of severe bad weather, including snow in several parts of the country, is forecast to affect Greece between Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the National Meteorological Service warned.

The new cold front will bring heavy snow in parts of Epirus, the western mainland and western Macedonia from Monday afternoon, later spreading to Central Greece, Thessaly and the Peloponnese, at altitudes as low as 200-400 metres in the north and from 400-600 metres further south.

Heavy snow will continue in Epirus, western and central Macedonia, Thessaly and the islands of the northeastern Aegean on Tuesday morning, reaching Evia, Central Greece, parts of Attica, the Peloponnese and Crete by Tuesday afternoon. Snow is also forecast to affect the Aegean islands and Crete until Wednesday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the country, strong rain and storms are expected on Monday, especially in the Ionian Sea and along the west coast, as well as parts of the mainland (including Attica) and Evia. Rain and storms are forecast for the Cyclades islands and Crete on Tuesday morning, gradually reaching the eastern Aegean in the afternoon.

Gale- and near-gale-force winds of 7-8 Beaufort will blow in the Ionian Sea on Monday, rising to 9-10 Beaufort when they reach eastern parts of the country on Tuesday before subsiding on Wednesday. Frost, at times deep, is forecast from Monday night until Wednesday, especially in northern parts of the country.