Greece faces rising temperatures and risk of wildfires
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12.06.2024 Greece Santorini   18
Greece faces rising temperatures and risk of wildfires

According to a recent weather report in Greece, the country will experience a three-day heat wave starting today. Temperatures will reach or rise above 40 degrees Celsius during this time, according to Vassilis Kikilias, Greece's Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection. The minister also warned of an increased risk of wildfires.

Kikilias also told reporters that a peak heat wave was expected on Wednesday and Thursday, prompting Greece to raise its fire warning level to a "very high" level of four out of five.

Meteorologists also predicted temperatures would reach 43 degrees Celsius before falling over the weekend. Greece, experiencing its warmest winter on record followed by unseasonably warm temperatures in April, has already seen forest fires starting as early as March, even at altitudes above 1,000 metres.

This month alone, firefighters have been tirelessly battling several daily wildfires. Kikilias also highlighted the difficulties of the fire season, which has prompted Greece to introduce harsher penalties for both accidental and deliberate arson, with offenders facing up to 20 years in prison and a fine of 200,000 euros from May 1.

< p>Wildfires in 2023 destroyed almost 175,000 hectares of forests and farmland in Greece after an unprecedented two-week heat wave, according to the National Observatory of Athens. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change links extended fire seasons and increased land destruction to rising temperatures from human-caused fossil fuel emissions.

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  • Santorini: Santorini, known for its famous whitewashed buildings, will take your breath away sunsets and crystal clear waters, is a must-see in Greece. Explore the charming villages of Oia and Fira, perched on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea
  • Athens. As the capital of Greece, Athens is a fascinating combination of ancient history and modernity. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Acropolis, home to the Parthenon, one of the world's most famous ancient monuments.
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  • Crete: As Greece's largest island, Crete offers a variety of landscapes, from pristine beaches to rugged mountains and ancient ruins. Visit the Palace of Knossos, a legendary Minoan archaeological site, and explore charming villages such as Chania and Rethymno, with their Venetian-era architecture and picturesque harbours.
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Source: timesofindia

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