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Stormy Weather Forecast for Greece as August Exodus Peaks

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Stormy Weather Forecast for Greece as August Exodus Peaks. Credit: Lindzi60/ Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Unstable weather with heavy rain, storms, and, possibly, hail showers will affect northern and central Greece from early Friday, August 12th to Monday, August 15th as Greeks prepare to celebrate Assumption Day over a long weekend.

According to the emergency weather warning bulletin issued by the National Meteorological Service of Greece, the worsening weather, expected to peak on Sunday, will be accompanied by high frequency of lightning bolts.

Detailed weather forecast for Greece

Heavy rain and storms are to start early on Friday in Central Macedonia. The inclement weather will then move in the afternoon hours towards Western Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, western and central mainland Greece—mainly Aitoloakarnania and Evrytania—and wear out during the night.

Heavy rainfall and storms will return on Saturday to Macedonia, Thessaly, and the Ionian Sea. In Macedonia, the same weather will continue during the night.

On Sunday, extreme weather is forecast to hit Thessaly, Central and Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, the Sporades group of islands, eastern mainland Greece, including Attica, the island of Evia, and the northeastern Aegean.

From Sunday night through to Monday, the inclement weather will be limited to Thrace and the northeastern Aegean while, in all other areas, the weather will turn milder.

Greece’s Civil Protection Service warns all Greek citizens to be particularly careful, ensuring that self-protection measures are taken against the risks arising from the outbreak of severe weather.

Assumption Day exodus affected by bad weather

Despite the forecast for unpleasant weather, the summer exodus from the ports of Piraeus, Lavrio, and Rafina in Attica is peaking ahead of the long weekend of Assumption Day.

According to AMNA, passenger ships are operating on near-full capacity. Approximately 100,000 passengers are expected to travel from the port of Piraeus between August 12th to August 15th.

On Friday, there were 43 scheduled routes from Piraeus to the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf and 22 to the Cyclades, Crete, the Dodecanese, and the Northern Aegean islands. Seventeen additional routes will be leaving from Rafina while eleven will depart from Lavrio.

In the meantime, road traffic police is on high alert to ensure the smooth circulation of increased traffic to mainland destinations.

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