ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks headed to beaches and public parks on Sunday as a rare January heatwave offered a break from blocking the coronavirus, which left life in Europe in disarray.
As temperatures in Athens had to reach 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit), people lay on the sand, swam in the sea and walked along the promenade on the shores of Athens, while police patrolled to control the crowds.
In the last 50 years, such high temperatures in January have been observed only twice: in 1
“It’s not normal. This time last year it was cold, “said Kyriakos Pitulis, 65. “On the other hand, it helps because people are locked up at home and want to go somewhere to let off steam. They can’t stay home all the time. “
Greece has been partially blocked since early November with people forced to wear masks in public. Authorities on Friday extended restrictions, including bans on public gatherings, until at least Jan. 18 as they seek to slow the rise in infections, mainly in the north.
After one of the hottest years recorded worldwide last year, hot air masses and dust arriving from the African continent suffocated the central skyline of Athens, with a Sunday temperature indicator showing 31C in the sun.
This compared to the average January temperatures for January in Greece, ranging from below zero to 5C, or at most 10C in the coastal regions, said the National Meteorological Service (EMY)
Meteorologists said the warm front, which entered on Saturday, is expected to recede in the next few days.
Extremely cold weather is observed in other parts of Europe.
“Time is driving us crazy! because we see snow, cold and disasters in Europe, in Spain, and here we have good days, we have sun, “said the solar pope Pavlos Vlahos.
Report by Deborah Kivricosaios, edited by James Mackenzie and Barbara Lewis