September 29, 2021

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The fire goes down, but … – Athens suffocates under the smoke bell – News

Athens – Prime Minister Griagos Mitsodakis speaks of a “terrible fire”, the “evil circle” fire brigade – a fierce fire has been spreading across Greece for days!

Large parts of the Beloponnese Peninsula and the holiday islands of Rhodes and Kos and Evia were engulfed in flames. In all, the fire brigade fought 40 major fires across the country, according to the Civil Defense.

It is a great relief that no one has ever died in Greece. Eight people have been killed in a fire in Turkey so far.


There is also fear among many touristsPhoto: Michael Pappas / dpa


A fire breaks out near Tequila, north of Athens

A fire breaks out near Tequila, north of AthensPhoto: Louisa Cooliamaki / AFP


A wildfire erupts behind the mountains of the city of Limni on the Yupoya Peninsula, about 160 kilometers north of Athens.

A wildfire erupts behind the mountains of the city of Limni on the Yupoya Peninsula, about 160 kilometers north of Athens.Photo: Michael Pappas / dpa

The situation in Greater Athens is tense. The fire was extinguished Wednesday in a fire area north of the capital, so the fire was largely contained. But the whole city is now under a huge smoke bell, which does not evaporate due to lack of air. Only fresh air will help, but they can re-ignite the fire. The temporary silence before the fire is present: for now.


Map: Wildfires in the Mediterranean - Infographic

“We hope to be able to bring the fire under control today before the winches start again,” a fire department official said on state television. Meanwhile, all the residents of Athens are not only affected by the intense heat, but also by the large amount of dust from the smoke clouds.

Meanwhile, the Greek Health Commission announced that the best dust pollution for the city center would be up to 465 micrograms per cubic meter. For comparison: the EU-level limit value is about 50 micrograms per day per cubic meter of air – about ten times less.

Terrible heat wave in southeastern Europe

After 46.3 degrees on Monday, it hit a high of 47.1 degrees in Greece yesterday. Are we exploding even 50 degrees today?

The European temperature record was exactly 48.0 degrees and was measured in Greece in the summer of 1977. In Europe it has never been hotter. Until now?

“It’s possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes in this direction at private stations. 47 to 48 degrees is very possible and 50 degrees is a local possibility. There is a good chance of measuring almost 50 degrees in individual valleys facing from the sea of ​​Rhodes, Crete or Cyprus,” says climate expert Dr. Gorston brand from DonnerWater.Dave to Build.


Heat wave and wildfire.  Forests near the Greek capital Athens are on fire

Heat wave and wildfire. Forests near the Greek capital Athens are on firePhoto: Press action

Dominic Jung, a graduate meteorologist from the meteorological service Q.met, told BILD: “It depends on the little things, for example, where the wind comes from. If it blows from the sea, it can be 48 degrees. That would be different. “

So these are going to be wonderful hours and days. It is already a historically long heat wave and will last until the weekend. Then it cools down a bit with values ​​as high as 40 degrees, but again very hot from Sunday and Monday and the maximum values ​​rise to 45 degrees.

“It’s because of the jet stream. It’s like the wall of Europe. It separates the hot air masses in southeastern Europe from the cold air masses in the northwest. It rarely moves,” explains meteorologist Jung. . The heat stays there, and may continue to rise. “


In the northern part of Athens, many wildfires are currently spreading in southeastern Europe

In the northern part of Athens, many wildfires are currently spreading in southeastern EuropePhoto: Tanasis Stavrokis / DPA


Escape from the Milas fire in Turkey

Escape from the Milas fire in TurkeyPhoto: Emre Tasekul / AB

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