Weather improves for Christmas travelers

Christmas travelers are relieved to see maritime transport revert to normal on Saturday after the strong northeasterly winds subsided.

Port authorities across Greece have allowed all ships to sail just in time for Christmas Eve, following days with gale force winds.

Seven villages at the prefecture of Karditsa remained without electricity on Saturday morning.

In one of the coldest and snowiest Christmas periods of the last decade, the weather in Greece is set to see a small improvement on Christmas Day before deteriorating again on Monday.

In Athens the weather will be partly cloudy for most of the day on Saturday, although some sleet is expected at night in the northern parts of the capital, with temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius.

It will turn sunnier on Christmas Day, with temperatures up to 11 degrees, before rain returning on Monday with a maximum temperature of 9 degrees.

Shoppers will be able to make their last purchases before Christmas by 6 p.m. on Saturday. Shops will reopen on Tuesday morning.

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