Greece Endures Record-Breaking Heat Wave Amidst Wildfires; Tourists Evacuated from Acropolis of Athens

Greece is facing an unprecedented heat wave, which experts predict will become the country’s longest recorded heatwave in history, lasting around 16 to 17 days. The scorching temperatures have triggered several wildfires, posing significant challenges for authorities and residents alike. Among the affected areas is the renowned historical site, the Acropolis of Athens.

The situation reached a critical point when a wildfire struck the Greek island of Rhodes, leading to the evacuation of thousands of tourists from hotels in the central and southern parts of the island. As the wildfire continued to spread, around 10,000 tourists were safely evacuated to the northern part of Rhodes with the help of coastguard vessels, private sailboats, and a passenger ship. In order to avoid the blaze’s path, about 2,000 people also left by sea.

The heat wave has taken a toll on Greece’s landscape, and firefighters are actively battling 79 fires across the country. The situation remains critical as temperatures exacerbate fire risks.

In response to the extreme weather, the Greek government has taken precautionary measures, advising people to work from home and closing down key tourism sites, including the iconic Acropolis of Athens, due to the sweltering weather. The government’s focus is on ensuring the safety of both locals and tourists amidst the challenging conditions.

The Greek heat wave is not an isolated event, as several regions worldwide are grappling with extreme weather conditions. Southern Europe, the United States, and North Africa are also experiencing their own heatwaves, with temperatures soaring to dangerous levels [2] and [5]. Phoenix, Arizona, witnessed temperatures reaching up to 46 degrees Celsius, and the US experienced record-breaking temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius and above, affecting approximately 80 million Americans. Climate change from burning fossil fuels is attributed to extreme weather patterns globally.

The situation in Greece continues to be closely monitored, and firefighting efforts are ongoing to contain the wildfires and protect affected areas. The Greek government, along with international support from countries such as Cyprus, France, Israel, and Italy, is working tirelessly to mitigate the impact of the heatwave and ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors.

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