The heat wave in greece it will foreseeably reach its peak this Tuesday after registering this Monday temperatures that punctually reached 46 degrees, and thus surpassed the 1987 record in which acAnicula of these characteristics at the end of July left 1,300 dead in the country.

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As reported by Civil Protection, all prevention systems are on high alert, especially air and ground control of areas where fires can occur, although the risk is very high in most of the country.

Since a few days ago, firefighters fight to extinguish a fire on the island of Rhodes, and after preemptively evacuating some towns, it has been possible to avoid further damage.

In recent days they have also registered fires in the northern Peloponnese, and the most recent, in the peripheral unit of Phthiotis, in central Greece, precisely the area where yesterday the historical heat record was registered, with the thermometer reading 46.3 degrees in the town of Makrakomi.

The Greek Electricity Distribution Operator has announced that during today’s session, in which temperatures between 44 and 46 degrees are expected, there will be intermittent power cuts in some parts of the country, especially in the capital region of Attica, in order to avoid a generalized blackout.

The Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called on the population to limit as much as possible any unnecessary electricity consumption, for example, avoiding putting the water heater, or the air conditioning at less than 26 degrees.

Air-conditioned rooms have been set up throughout the country, open all day, so that especially vulnerable groups can protect themselves from the heat.

After registering a ground temperature of 55 degrees, the Acropolis of Athens announced that during this heat wave the sacred rock of Athens shortens its opening hours and closes at five instead of eight in the afternoon.

The Athens College of Physicians has asked the population to take this wave seriously and it has urged citizens not to travel during the hottest hours, to drink plenty of water, to avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages and to shower frequently with lukewarm water.

According to experts, the weather conditions are especially dangerous, especially since the nights are extremely hot, with the thermometer that barely manages to drop below 30 degrees, which prevents the body from having those hours of night recovery so necessary.

Many media remember these days the horrors experienced in 1987, when a heat wave in July that lasted eleven days left 1,300 dead, the vast majority in the Athens region.

The big difference between then and now, experts emphasize, is that at that time few houses had air conditioning and no cooling points had been enabled.

The National Weather Service has reported that temperatures will remain high throughout the week and will begin to drop slightly from the weekend.

With information from EFE

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