January 16, 2022

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The sweltering heat in Greece does not subside, the fires in Rhodes are out of control

The sweltering heat in Greece does not subside, the fires in Rhodes are out of control

The heat wave in Greece is not over yet. On Mondays and throughout the week, temperatures are expected to exceed 44 degrees Celsius, according to the local weather service. Greek firefighters said, today, Monday, that a large-scale fire broke out on the coveted island of Rhodes due to severe drought and strong winds. This was reported to the Department of Political Affairs.

The fire broke out in Rhodes on Sunday. Hotels and accommodation facilities have not yet been directly threatened by fire or smoke, but the local civil protection nonetheless ordered the evacuation of three villages in the western part of the local city of Rhodes.

Large parts of the island suffered a temporary power outage on Sunday evening. Greek public television ERT reported that firefighters and helicopters were deployed to fight the fires in Rhodes at dawn on Monday.

The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate has called on all residents not to set the air conditioning too low or below 26 degrees. The country’s power system is very busy due to the constant heat and full air conditioning, the DPA wrote.

It is not yet clear how long the heat wave that erupted last week on Tuesday in the country will last. The Greek portal Ekathimerini.com reports that Monday should be the hottest day, at least for the Attica region, which also includes the capital, Athens. Some meteorologists fear that the high temperatures in Greece will continue for another two weeks.

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