Warmer weather arrived at last in Greece on Friday as the country experienced the coldest March in 35 years, meteorologists said.
According to the National Observatory, temperatures reached 22-23 degrees Celsius in many parts on Friday and are expected to stay warm through the end of the month. Last Sunday in contrast, parts of Imathia, Florina and Kozani chattered at -8C.
Coldest March in Greece
Those unusual lows were part of a cold front that began on March 18 and clung on until Wednesday. And that, in turn, had come on the back of weather-front Filippos in the first half of the month.
Storm Filippos brought snow even in Athens and several other regions of the country. Primary and secondary schools in the northern suburbs of Athens and other towns in Attica closed and several roads were impassable.
Extremely low temperatures and deep frost were recorded on March 10, especially in the central and northern parts of the country, with the lowest temperature of -16.1C (3.2 F) recorded at Seli, Imathia.
Below freezing temperatures were also recorded at Vlasti, Kozani (-15.5 C), Aghios Pavlos, Imathia (- 14.3 C), Mavrolithari, Fokida (-13.9 C), Aghios Dimitrios, Olympus (-13.4 C), Pertouli, Trikala (- 13.1 C) and in Volakas, Nevrokopi (-13.1 C).
Another unusual phenomenon was the very low temperatures in southern Greece: Last Wednesday, the high in Anogeia in Rethymno, Crete was just 4.4 degrees Celsius while Sindos in northern Greece enjoyed a balmy 20.1C.
Country hit with heavy snow in January
A heavy snowstorm, called “Elpis,” hit Greece in late January, blanketing the country in a dense layer of snow that brought Greece to a halt for a number of days.
After the major snowstorm paralyzed the country for three days, a top Greek scientist warned that Greece could expect more heavy snow in the future due to climate change.
Dr. Christos Zeferos, Professor of Physics and Meteorology at the Academy of Athens, stated to television network MEGA soon after the storm that phenomena such as “Elpis” will become more and more common due to the changing climate.