Temperatures across Greece will drop on Monday

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The National Meteorological Service (EMY) in an updated emergency weather report on Sunday said that temperatures will be very high on Sunday but will post a significant drop on Monday across Greece to return to high levels on Tuesday.

On Sunday 23 July there will be a thermal surge that will prevail throughout the country with temperatures reaching up to 45C in Thessaly
On Monday 24 July temperatures will drop by 2 to 5 degrees with the higher drop observed in the eastern parts of the country. Temperatures will reach 38C to 42C.

According to all the available data for Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 July, very high temperatures area expected to prevail in Greece reaching up to 42C and 44C.

However, on Thursday temperatures are expected to drop by 6C to 8C in most parts of the country.

There is an extreme (category 5) fire risk- high alert-on Monday for five Greek regions namely, the region of Attica, the region of Central Greece (especially Viotia and the island of Evia, the Peloponnese (Corinthia, Argolida and Messinia), the region of Western Greece (particularly Ilia), the region of the southern Aegean (the island of Rhodes), according to the Fire Risk Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection at the climate crisis and civil protection ministry.

Additionally, there is a very high risk of fire (category 4) for 8 regions:

-the region on northern Aegean (the islands of Chios, Samos and Ikaria)
-the region of southern Aegean (the islands of Karpathos, Kalymnos and Kos)
-the region of Thessaly
-the region of Crete
-the region of the Peloponnese (Arkadia, Lakonia)
-the region of the Ionian islands (Kefalonia and Zakynthos)
-the region of western Greece (Etoloakarnania, Achaia)
-the region of central Greece (Fthiotida and Fokida)

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, lighting 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.

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