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Sizzling future awaits Greece

In three generations from now, Greece will fry in summer temperatures of up to 12 degrees Celsius above current levels as a result of pollution-induced global warming, scientists in Athens warned yesterday. In presenting the forecasts of a team of experts on future weather conditions, the director of the National Observatory of Athens, Professor Dimitris Lalas, said the average maximum temperature for July is expected to be 12 degrees higher at the end of this century than between 1961-1990, while the average minimum temperature in July will be up to nine degrees hotter. Furthermore, rainfall is expected to decrease by up to 30 percent, resulting in many rivers drying up. The average maximum temperature for July between 2017 and 2100 is forecast to be up to 10 degrees higher in northern Greece, and up to eight degrees higher in the south. While between 1961 and 1990 the daily temperature exceeded 37 degrees only 195 times, from 2071 to 2100 this is expected to happen on 1,925 days.