Athens empties as city-dwellers hit the beaches

Lycabettus Hill sits over a spookily empty Amalias Street in central Athens yesterday, as temperatures climbed to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and thousands of city-dwellers took to the nearby beaches to cool off. Tens of thousands of Athenians also abandoned the capital over the weekend for summer, the first major wave of holidaymakers, which eased congestion on the capital’s usually crowded streets.