Rain, cold snap on the way, says weather service


Strong showers and storms are expected to sweep through Greece over the next few days, plunging temperatures in many parts of the country to below 0 degrees Celsius, the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) warned on Friday.

The wet front will come in from the west starting on Friday afternoon, spreading east at least through Tuesday and bringing downpours to the Greek capital and other areas, as well as snow at higher altitudes and Athens’s northern suburbs.

Temperatures will begin dropping from Sunday afternoon, the HNMS said, turning rain into sleet and snow, and affecting mainly northern and western Greece, which should expect early-morning frosts on Monday and possibly Tuesday.

In Athens, heavy rains are expected from Saturday through Monday, with a chance of snowfall on Tuesday. Temperatures in the Greek capital will plunge from current daytime highs of 15-18 degrees Celsius to 4-10C, reaching nighttime lows of -1 to -9 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather service said, with the downturn beginning on Sunday and expected to last at least a week.

The cold front is also expected to affect the islands of the Aegean, where temperatures will plummet to near-0 Celsius lows.