Friday, July 19, 2024

Holiday hotspots in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus hit with extreme temperatures

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A heatwave is making its way across Europe with multiple destinations suffering from temperatures over 40C and forced to close attractions – here’s what Brit holiday makers need to know

Temperatures in Greece have been reaching as high as the mid-forties (Anadolu via Getty Images)

Countries across Europe are experiencing extreme temperatures for this time of year — here’s a round-up of European holiday hotspots with high temperatures.

Brits travelling to Greece, Turkey or Cyprus are being warned to expect extremely high temperatures as a heatwave spread across parts of Europe. Four people have recently died in Greece likely due to the hot weather, and now authorities are recommending people to stay inside and stay hydrated.

Here is a run down of the hottest countries at the moment, and which holiday hotpots are particularly suffering.


Greece has seen extreme temperatures over the past days, which has led to the closure of some attractions and a mini-lockdown. Schools have had to close and the Acropolis in Athens has restricted its opening hours. Temperatures exceeded 40C on Thursday in much of central and southern Greece.

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Many attractions in Greece have had to close(AFP via Getty Images)

The Greek Met Office has also issued an emergency weather bulletin, warning of temperatures of up to 43C in the eastern Peloponnese and up to 42C in Crete and the Dodecanese islands. Athens could reach 42C.

UK tourists heading to Greek islands on holiday have been put on “red alert”. Parts of Greece could reach up to 44C on Friday June 14.

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service released a weather warned earlier this week, which stated: “On Friday (14-6-2024) the temperature will drop in the west, central and north, but in the rest of the areas it will remain at very high levels, while from the afternoon hours a change in weather is expected in northern Greece with thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds.”

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