Acropolis closed as Greece hit by earliest heatwave on record


Greece closed its most popular tourist site, the Acropolis, on Wednesday as the country experiences its earliest heatwave on record.

The UNESCO-listed archaeological site in Athens closed from 12pm to 5pm on Wednesday, as temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius.

Schools were also closed in several regions of the country on Wednesday and will remain closed on Thursday. The labour ministry advised public-sector employees to work from home, and ordered a pause from midday to 5pm for outdoor work, including food delivery, to Thursday.

The Acropolis was forced to close in July last year during a two-week heatwave that was unprecedented in its duration.

These measures come as Greece experiences its first heatwave of the year. The state TV meteorologist Panos Giannopoulos noted this is the earliest heatwave in Greece’s recorded history.

“In the 20th century we never had a heatwave before 19 June. We have had several in the 21st century, but none before 15 June,” Giannopoulos said.

The climate crisis and civil protection ministry has warned of a very high risk of fires in the Attica region around Athens.

Source: The Guardian.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

From Cyprus invasion to SA politician: How Andrea Michaels’ tough upbringing shaped her

Andrea Michaels MP gives an interview to The Greek Herald to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus this year.

Hellenic Club of Canberra awarded Woden Village development

The Hellenic Club of Canberra has been named the successful tenderer for Woden Village with sale contracts exchanging.

Oakleigh Grammar accepted for Round Square candidacy

During the Term 3 commencement assembly, Principal Mark Robertson announced Oakleigh Grammar as a Candidate School for Round Square. 

Greek Community of Melbourne’s camp program is expanding to Attica

The President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis, met in Greece with the Governor of Attica, Nikos Hardalias.

New regional Greek Orthodox Bishops appointed for Australia

New regional Greek Orthodox Bishops have been appointed for Australia following a meeting of the Holy and Sacred Synod.

You May Also Like

Waratah Florist in Sydney celebrates 50 years of its floral journey

Anne and Pauline from Waratah Florist in Earlwood, Sydney open up about celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Georgie Prespakis crowned Geelong AFLW Best and Fairest

Georgie Prespakis’ rise in the AFLW continues with the midfielder claiming her first Geelong Cats AFLW Best and Fairest award.

Olympia Anastasopoulou: Greek National Tourism Office will open in Melbourne

Greece's General Secretary of Tourism Policy, Olympia Anastasopoulou, confirmed a Greek National Tourism Office (EOT) to open in Melbourne.