Labor Ministry inspection teams will step up checks on workplaces over the next few days to keep an eye on safety conditions as temperatures across the country are expected to soar to around 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Deputy Labor Minister Gerasimos Giakoumatos called on businesses to prepare a plan to avoid the possible heat exhaustion of employees. The Health Ministry also issued directions on how to handle the higher temperatures in what appears to be the first prolonged heat wave of the summer. Along with avoiding exposure to sunlight, the ministry recommends that people eat lightly and avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The National Meteorological Service (EMY) expects a four-day heat wave starting from today, when the temperature in Athens is expected to hit 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit). Local residents can cool off at one of the Athens-Piraeus prefecture’s air-conditioned facilities. More information is available by calling 1539.