Authorities on Heightened Alert for Wildfires after Warning for Gale-Force Winds Issued



The Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS or EMY) issued a weather warning on Friday for very strong winds which will affect several areas of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires.

More specifically, the warning covers the areas of the south Euboean Gulf between the mainland and the island of Evia, the central Aegean Sea, Cape Caphereus between the islands of Evia and Andros, as well as the Sea of Kythera.

In all of the above areas, strong, gale-force winds of up to 8 Beaufort will persist throughout Friday until the early hours of Saturday.

These strong winds, combined with the very high temperatures which continue to persist in most of southern Greece, will create a very dangerous situation in which any fires could spread extremely quickly.

For this reason, Greece’s authorities including the country’s Civil Protection and the Fire Service, are once again on high alert this weekend to locate and contain any fires which may break out.

According to the daily map issued by Greece’s Civil Protection Authority, most of the southeastern mainland and the Peloponnese, along with most of the central and eastern Aegean islands, have a level 4 wildfire risk for Saturday, with the possibility of wildfires being described as “very high.”