Heat wave

Greece gripped by scorching heat

A tourist uses a hand fan to cool down her friend sitting on a bench in front of the Parthenon at the ancient Acropolis, in Athens. The ancient site was closed to the public for five hours due to a heatwave with temperature soaring above 43 Celsius on Thursday in many areas of the eastern and southern parts of the country, as reported by Meteo.

Students have to sit exams through heatwave

Thousands of high-school students had to suffer through June's early heatwave with no air conditioning or fans as they sat the nationwide university entrance exams this week.

Primary school students were ordered to stay home on Wednesday and Thursday, while the Acropolis and other archaeological sites were closed during the hottest hours of the day.

Athens' Acropolis Shuts Down Amidst Sweltering Temperatures

AFP reported that the Acropolis in Athens will be shut to visitors during the peak heat hours on June 12, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Culture. The archaeological site will remain closed from noon to 5:00 p.m. as temperatures are anticipated to soar to 43°C on June 12 and 13.

Greece shuts schools and Acropolis as heatwave hits

Greece shut the ancient Acropolis tourist site, suspended schools and stationed medics across Athens on Wednesday as it faced the first heatwave of the summer.

Temperatures were expected to hit 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday and Thursday in parts of the Mediterranean country, driven by southerly winds bringing hot air and dust from North Africa.

Acropolis Hill may close during hottest hours due to heat wave

The Culture Ministry announced Monday that the archaeological site on the Acropolis Hill, Greece's most famous tourist attraction, will likely be closed from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the coming days due to the expected heat wave.

The heat is expected to push temperatures in Athens and other parts of the country above 40 degrees Celsius until the end of the week.