Telecommuting and cold public rooms, this is how Greece copes with extreme heat

Greece has taken measures, such as promoting teleworking, to deal with an extreme heat wave that can reach 44 degrees this Fridayaccording to the National Weather Service (EMI).

The Greek government has anticipated the situation and from this Thursday employers must allow flexible working hours and promote teleworking to avoid the midday heat.

Many municipalities already keep rooms and spaces with air conditioning open so that people and especially people from vulnerable groups can take refuge there.

According to EMI, tomorrow, Friday, in most of mainland Greece the temperature will exceed 40 degrees, while in the central part of the country the thermometer will reach 44 degrees.

On Saturday the extreme heat will remain and only from Sunday will the temperature drop a little.

According to the private television MEGA, the authorities are examining a possible closure of the Acropolis of Athens -where the thermometer will reach 42 degrees tomorrow-, a measure that had already been taken during the heat waves of 2019 and 2021.

Since May, some 15,000 tourists visit the site daily and many of them have to wait up to an hour in the sun to be able to access because there are entry quotas.

The high temperatures will also persist during the next week, and then they will be accompanied by strong winds in many parts of the country, for which the Ministry of Civil Protection is already warning of a greater risk of fires starting next Monday.

Two years ago Greece experienced a fateful summer, with temperatures that punctually reached 46 degrees and thus surpassed the 1987 record in which a heat wave of these characteristics at the end of July caused 1,300 deaths in the country.

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