ATHENS (Reuters)-Greeks headed to beaches and parks on Sunday, and a rare heat wave in January eased the coronavirus lockdown and plunged life across Europe into chaos.
As the temperature in Athens is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit), people rest on the beach, swim, and stroll along the promenade along the coast of Athens, while the police patrol to control the crowd.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Athens said that in the past 50 years, January’s high temperature has only occurred twice: in 1
“This is abnormal. It was cold at this time last year.” 65-year-old Kyriakos Pitoulis said. “On the other hand, it’s helpful because people are trapped at home and they want to go somewhere to relax. They can’t stay at home all the time.”
Since the beginning of November, Greece has been in a state of partial lockdown, and people are forced to wear masks in public. On Friday, the authorities expanded restrictions, including a ban on gatherings in public, until at least January 18, as it worked to slow the surge in infections, mainly in the north.
After the hottest year on record in the world last year, heat and dust from the African continent enveloped the skyline of central Athens, and a thermometer on Sunday showed 31°C in the sun.
According to the National Meteorological Service (EMY), the temperature range is below zero to 5C compared to the average temperature in Greece in January, with a maximum of 10C in coastal areas.
Meteorologists said that the warm front on Saturday is expected to subside in the next few days.
The rest of Europe has been in extremely cold weather.
“The weather drives us crazy! Because in Europe, Spain, we have seen snow, cold, and disaster. Here, we have beautiful days and sunshine.
Reporting by Deborah Kyvrikosaios, editing by James Mackenzie and Barbara Lewis