Weather

Storm “Leandros” Brings Snowfall to Greece

The storm "Leandros" is throwing everything it has on Greece, bringing snowfall and bitter cold to the Attica region and the majority of the country. Right after midnight, snow began to fall throughout Central Greece, mostly in Evrytania, western Fthiotida,...

Figs Grow as Winter Heatwave Rages on in Greece

Figs, an iconic summertime fruit in Greece, have begun to grow again near the city of Nafplio in the Peloponnese, flourishing in this winter's record-breaking high temperatures. With weather so warm that Greeks have been flocking to the beach in...

Warmest January in 50 Years Expected in Greece

Greece is forecast to experience some of its highest January temperatures of the last 50 years, the meteo weather service of the National Observatory of Athens said on Friday. Temperatures will be as much as 15 degrees Celsius higher than...

Greece’s Weather Set Records for Rain and Heat in 2020

Last year's weather broke records, not only for high temperatures but also for rainfall levels throughout Greece.

Woman Hangs on For Dear Life as Floods Sweep Through Crete

A woman survived by hanging on to an electric power pole in Crete on Wednesday as rushing water swept away her car following torrential rains. The dramatic video was captured near the town of Kartero, in the region of Heraklion,...

Waterspouts, Torrential Rains Hit Greek Islands

Heavy rains, waterspouts and other extreme weather phenomena, including flooding on Crete, were recorded around the Greek islands in the Aegean on Wednesday as much of the country experienced severe storms. Just past noon on Wednesday, a waterspout, also called...

Helicopters Evacuate Stranded Residents of Flooded Greek Village

Greek authorities used helicopters on Tuesday to evacuate six residents of a village near Karditsa, Thessaly, who had been stranded by the floods caused by the rare "Medicane" storm which hit the country over the weekend. The village of Oxia...

How Ancient Greeks Harnessed Wind Power to Win the Battle of Salamis

The Battle of Salamis, fought between the Persians and a vastly outnumbered Greek force in September of 480 BC, is considered by many historians to be one of the most decisive in history. New research from the Center for Atmospheric...

Ianos: Three Dead in Thessaly; Widespread Destruction Around the Country

Since it made landfall in Greece on Thursday, the rare Mediterranean hurricane Ianos has caused the deaths of three people in Thessaly and widespread destruction around the country. In the region of Thessaly, located south of Macedonia, entire towns were...

Two Dead, Two Missing in Thessaly as Storm Batters Greece

At least two people died and two are missing on Saturday in Thessaly, central Greece, as the Mediterranean hurricane (medicane) Ianos batters Greece for the third day. In the town of Farsala in Thessaly, one elderly woman was found dead...

Ianos: Floods in Lamia, Train Routes Cut, Extreme Weather Warnings Through the Weekend

The "medicane" Ianos, a rare, hurricane-like storm in the Mediterranean, has brought gale-force winds and flooding to Western Greece and the Ionian islands, and is slowly making its way to the central and southern parts of the country, as...

Medicane Ianos Lashes Kefalonia, Ithaca, and Zakynthos, Causing Floods, Blackouts, Fallen Trees

The Ionian islands Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos found themselves in the vortex of the severe weather system "Ianos" during Thursday night, with power outages in several areas due to the strong winds and fallen trees it brought with it. The...

Greece's Ionian Islands Brace for Hurricane-Force Winds of Medicane "Ianos"

The Civil Protection Secretariat of Greece's Ionian Islands issued a warning on Thursday urging the restriction of people's movement on the island of Zakynthos beginning on Thursday evening and lasting until late night on Friday, in view of "Medicane" Ianos'...

Wildfire Rages in East Attica Town of Artemida, Evacuations Ordered

On Wednesday, a series of wildfires broke out around east Attica, forcing the evacuation of many towns in the region. And yet another new wildfire is threatening east Attica's seaside, including the town of Artemida. The fire is thought to...

Greece Orders Evacuation of Towns as Fires Rage East of Athens

Wildfires raging in towns east of Athens are approaching houses, resulting in the authorities issuing orders for evacuations in the region. High temperatures and strong winds are only strengthening the flames and spreading the fires, making them extremely dangerous. The...