Meteorologists expect temperatures to rise this week, mainly in mainland Greece and in the north, with the heat wave pushing past the 40-Celsius mark on Wednesday and Thursday.
In Athens, Monday’s 37-degree Celsius daytime high is expected to reach 39-40 and above in parts of the city by the middle of the week.
Winds are not expected to exceed 4 on the Beaufort scale and will not offer much relief. Forecasts for Thessaloniki paint a similar picture, though higher humidity levels in the northern port city usually make for a more oppressive atmosphere.
Southern Greece will be much more fortunate, as temperatures in the seaside town of Kalamata are not expected to climb above the 34-Celsius mark all week, similarly to the Cycladic islands, which will be seeing ideal summer holiday weather over the next few days.