NEWS

One of wettest Octobers ever

October was one of the wettest months on record in recent years, with more rain falling on one day in Athens, October 18, than throughout the entire month in the years 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008, according to meteorologists. On Monday, October 18, an average of 38 millimeters of rain fell in Athens. When the final figures for the whole month are in, it is expected to be wetter than any October of the last decade, when the record was in 2006 with a total of 89 millimeters. «This fall is reminiscent of those we were used to in the past,» said the head of the National Meteorological Service, Dimitris Ziakopoulos. «We cannot make accurate predictions for the future yet but it is clear that records for low temperatures and rainfall will be broken more regularly.» A number of areas of Greece experienced flooding during October, including the island of Icaria, where 303 millimeters of rain fell in just over a day – about a third of the total rainfall on the island between August 2009 and August 2010.