Slight drop in temps, high risk of fire today
EMY also said that from Sunday 16th July to Wednesday 19th July, fewer regions will be affected by the heatwave. Additionally, a 2C-4C drop in temperatures is forecast mostly in the north and the east.
However, on Thursday 20th July the winds will fall and a new heatwave will prevail in most parts of the country.
Meanwhile, there is a very high (category 4) fire risk for the region of Attica (including the island of Kythera), the region of Sterea Ellada (especially Viotia and the island of Evia, the Peloponnese (Corinthia, Argolida and Lakonia, the region of southern Aegean (Cyclades islands), the region on northern Aegean (the islands of Chios, Lesvos, Samos and Ikaria) and the region of Crete, according to the Fire Risk Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection at the climate crisis and civil protection ministry.
The ministry advises people to be exceptionally careful and avoid any activity in the open that could accidentally cause a fire, such as burning vegetation, using machinery that creates sparks, using barbecues, or throwing away lit cigarettes. It also reminds the public to alert the fire brigade via the emergency number 199 in the case of fire.