Sweltering heat set to hit Greece this weekend

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As temperatures are expected to hit and even exceed 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country this weekend, a National Observatory of Athens (NOA) scientist said Greece may be in for the hottest May heatwave in at least 50 years.

Speaking to state broadcaster ERT on Friday, University of Crete Professor Nikos Michalopoulos, who is also head of the NOA’s Institute for Research and Sustainable Development, said that that while warm weather is not unusual in May, temperatures above 35 Celsius, and especially in the middle of the month, are quite rare.

The extremely high temperatures will gradually from from Monday and especially on Tuesday.

Very high temperatures have already been recorded in the Eastern Mediterranean in the second 10-day period of May. The warm aerial masses will remain over Greece until Monday when they will start moving eastward.