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Fires and heat recorded in Greece – Finns evacuated

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.

According to Yle, the fires on the island of Rhodes led to the evacuation of 50 Finns. Head of Communications at the charter travel company Tui Laura Aaltonen He says to Yle They are monitoring the situation. The fires were burning near the town of Kyotari, where Toei has a number of hotels.

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.

High temperatures also lead to the outbreak of fires in forests and lands. Emergency services are battling dozens of fires across the country. Western Attica, Laconia and Rhodes were among the hardest hit regions BBC.

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