As Greece Sizzles, New App Warns Public of Heat Dangers



As Greece basks in a three-day heatwave which could send temperatures in the capital soaring to around 36 degrees Celsius (96.8F) a new app released for Athens is allowing users to avail of personalized heat warnings.

Developers of the Extrema Athens smartphone app say it “uses real-time satellite data, along with other model and city-specific data to estimate the temperature, humidity and discomfort index for every square kilometer in the city”.

Already being used in Rotterdam and Paris, Extrema — downloadable from Google Play and Apple Stores — allows users to build up a personalized warning system for when they, or their loved ones, face the risk of heat stroke.

With experts warning that temperatures could rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104F) in some parts of the country, Extrema’s makers say it updates its information every five minutes which can “spot-out in real time the city areas that suffer most during the ongoing event”.

Developed in conjunction in Greece’s National Observatory and Athens municipality, the app promises to deliver immediate, science-based information to the general public during the extreme heat.