Greece Slammed by Heavy Rain Carrying Saharan Sand



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Greece is bracing for yet another severe weather system. File photo source: AMNA

A low-pressure system with strong winds and rainfall began to blow into Greece on Tuesday and will continue into the day on Wednesday, according to the Athens National Observatory’s meteorological service.

The system is expected to bring large quantities of Saharan dust and sand to Greece, enough that it will turn rainwater in the southern parts of the country to mud.

The central, eastern and southern parts of Greece will be affected the most, with heavy rain falling in Sterea, the Peloponnese, Crete and the islands of the South Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea.

The most affected areas are expected to be the central and southern parts of the country. Photo by Meteo.gr

The rainfall will gradually become heavier in the Peloponnese, Sterea, Thessaly and the Ionian Sea on Tuesday with thunderstorms and hail. The system will also bring heavy snow to the high altitudes of the Peloponnese and central Greece.

Gale-force winds registering 8 and 9 on the Beaufort scale will lash the Aegean and the Ionian Seas both Tuesday and Wednesday, possibly causing disruptions to ferry routes between the islands and the mainland.

The phenomena will gradually begin to subside from Thursday onward, although the levels of particulate matter, including the Saharan dust and fine sand, will remain particularly high, especially in the morning.

On Thursday, the winds are expected to change direction and become northerly, with a velocity of 7 on the Beaufort scale.

On Friday, wintry weather conditions will be limited to just the eastern parts of Greece.

With information from A.M.N.A.