Second heat wave threatens

It will get even warmer across Greece over the next few days as the country heads into its second heat wave this summer, but experts said that temperatures are unlikely to reach 46 Celsius (115 Fahrenheit). Temperatures in Athens today and tomorrow are expected to reach 37C (99F), with a further increase early next week. The anticipated heat wave is likely to peak on Tuesday. «From our estimates it looks as though we will not have temperatures as high as 46C, as in June. But it will still be a fairly strong heat wave, as on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we are expecting temperatures to rise to 42C (108F),» the head of forecasting at the National Meteorological Service, Dimitris Ziakopoulos, told Kathimerini. Record high temperatures last month resulted in the deaths of 12 people due to heat-related health problems. «With the exception of July 2000, when we had two cases where temperatures were higher than 43C (109F), something like this is not very common,» added Ziakopoulos.

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