Galeforce winds hamper sea transport

Winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour have stopped virtually all maritime transport across Greece on Saturday as wintry weather is sweeping the country with unseasonably low temperatures.

There are no ships sailing from Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio, the three ports of Attica, to the Aegean islands and the Saronic Gulf, with the exception of the service from Piraeus to the nearby island of Aegina.

Ferries also remain moored in most harbors of the country, including those serving the Prinos-Kavala route in northern Aegean.

Reports suggested that northeasterly winds at Karystos, southern Evia, reached a speed of 98.5 kilometers per hour early on Saturday.

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service expects the weather conditions to deteriorate further on Sunday as winds will reach 10 on the Beaufort scale, thereby exceeding 100 kph at times in the eastern part of the country.

In Athens the clouds will probably not produce any rain on Sunday, but the northern and eastern parts of Attica may see some local rainfall and the temperature stay below 10 degrees Celsius.