Strong winds and thunderstorms are likely to lash Olympic cities over the course of the Games but they will probably be short-lived, meteorologist Dimitris Ziakopoulos told the Vima newspaper in an interview published yesterday. Ziakopoulos, who is on the meteorological committee for the Olympic Games, added that temperatures were unlikely to reach seasonal peaks of 40C (104F) in August. «According to our initial data, it does not appear that we will have extremely high temperatures, such as 40C, over this period,» he told Vima. «There will be storms lasting half an hour or an hour… most likely to occur early in the afternoon, meaning that most events will not be affected,» Ziakopoulos said. A «more precise forecast» for the next 15 days should be ready this week, he added.