Advice to the public for facing the heatwave

A long heatwave is expected to affect Greece in the following days, according to Athens National Observatory /
A long heatwave is expected to affect Greece in the following days, according to Athens National Observatory /

High temperatures are going to prevail in the country from Wednesday, July 12th and reach a peak on Friday and Saturday, 14-15th July.

The highest temperatures are expected to climb to 42-43C. According to the available data, there will then be a small drop in maximum temperatures after Saturday but they will remain at high levels for many days.

Experts at theHellenic Civil Protection Ministry have issued a series of guidelines for dealing with the heatwave that is expected to hit Greece on Wednesday and linger for at least a week, with temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius.

Readers are advised to follow the tips for beating the heat, especially when it comes to the safety of children, the elderly, individuals with health problems and other vulnerable groups.

Residents and visitors to Greece are urged to:

• Avoid exposure by staying indoors and away from crowds, using air-conditioning or fans where available.

• Avoid strenuous activities like outdoor work, as well as sunbathing, walking or running in the heat.

• Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and light clothing – preferably cotton – when outdoors.

Eat light meals with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, going easy on fatty foods.

• Drink plenty of water and fruit juice, while avoiding alcoholic beverages.

In the meantime, local authorities will be operating cool rooms throughout the heatwave, providing air-conditioned spaces in community centers and pensioners’ clubs, as well as at sports arenas that will be used to host the homeless.

Moreover, in view of the high temperatures forecast for the coming days, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni has ordered increased precautionary measures at archaeological sites.

At the Acropolis sun shades will be installed while, in cooperation with the Red Cross, free water will be distributed when the days are at their hottest. 

Authorities are also considering interrupting the opening hours of certain archaeological sites at specific times.

For its part, the Panhellenic Union of Antiquities Custodians (PEYFA) has called on the ministry to issue the necessary instructions for dealing with the impending heatwave, both for workers and visitors.