Temperatures to ease as clouds roll in from the west

Unseasonably high temperatures that stood in the low-to-mid-30s Celsius throughout the Easter weekend and Monday are set to ease as of Tuesday, the Hellenic National Meteorological Service has said.

A combination of southeasterly and northwesterly winds was keeping temperatures high in the eastern parts of the country on Tuesday, as clouds began rolling in from the west, pushing temperatures down to the mid-20s Celsius and bringing sporadic rainfall to northwestern coastal areas.

Clouds are expected to spread east over the course of the week, bringing brief showers to Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese on Wednesday and to Crete the following day.

In Athens, skies will cloud over on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing some respite in terms of temperatures, which are expected to drop to a day-time high of 25C on Wednesday and 23C on Thursday. Brief thunderstorms are expected on Friday.

In Thessaloniki, clouds will bring thunderstorms on Thursday, though they will clear up on Friday. Temperatures are forecast to drop from 24C on Tuesday to an average 21C on the following days.