A text message was sent at lunchtime on Saturday to people in the vicinity of the popular resort of Lardos in Rhodes. Greek authorities are urging people to evacuate villages located near the raging fires about 10km from the coast.
The weekend is expected to be the hottest July on record in Greece in 50 years. People are being asked to work from home and not go out too much.
– In Athens, temperatures will be above 40 degrees for six to seven days, he says Panagiotis Giannopoulosa meteorologist at the public service company ERT, told Agence France-Presse.
Popular tourist destinations such as the Acropolis remain closed during the hottest hours.
It seems that the heat wave will be the longest ever in the history of the country.
– The data indicates that the heat wave will last 16-17 days, which has not happened before, Costas Lagovardos of the National Weather Institute told ERT.
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