Greece to face the summer’s first heatwave in coming week

Temperatures are set to soar over the next few days as Greece experiences the summer’s first heatwave, with the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) warning that they might climb as high as 43C by Friday.

The maximum temperatures forecast on mainland Greece over the coming week are 39C on Wednesday, 40-41C on Thursday and 42-43C on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the top temperatures will abate slightly in western Greece, dropping to 37-39C, but remain at around 40-42 in eastern Greece.

On islands and coastal areas the forecast is for a maximum temperature of 35C on Wednesday and Thursday, 36-38C on Friday and Saturday, before dropping to 33-35C in the west and climbing 37-39C in the east on Sunday.

The weather will then start to cool appreciably from Monday, July 3. More information will be available in the daily forecasts and the HNMS web-page.