More ancient sites closed as historic heatwave persists in Greece

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Greece closed more ancient tourist sites in Athens on Thursday as the country’s earliest recorded heatwave persisted for a third day.

The Greek Culture Ministry closed the Acropolis, including the nearby Ancient Agora and Kerameikos Cemetery, from 12pm until 5pm on Thursday as temperatures reached 43 degree Celsius. The Acropolis was also closed on Wednesday.

Many primary schools and nurseries across the country also remained closed on Thursday.

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A woman takes a selfie in front of Parthenon temple atop of the ancient Acropolis hill during the July 2023 heat wave in Athens, Greece. Photo: AAP via AP/Petros Giannakouris.

Firefighters who put out several wildfires on Wednesday remained on high alert as strong winds were expected to hit several parts of the country.

This comes 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.

The heat is expected to recede on Saturday.

Source: Reuters.

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