Acropolis shuts down amid scorching heatwave in Athens

Greece, like many other European countries, continues to experience blistering summers.

Acropolis Athens
The Parthenon Temple at the top of the Acropolis hill in Athens on November 15, 2022. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

One of Greece’s monumental landmarks, Acropolis, has been closed again to tourist due to the current overbearing heatwave in the country’s capital, CNN reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Athens, as temperatures on Wednesday are forecasted to surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) the artistic complex which attracts millions worldwide every year will be closed from 12pm to 5 pm local time.

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service, which has issued an orange heat warning, the second-highest degree of alarm, has predicted that the region’s current heatwave will continue until Thursday, June 13.

Concerns about another scorching summer in several regions of Europe have been raised by the skyrocketing temperatures, which also increase the chance of devastating wildfires and pose major health risks. One of the deadliest natural disasters is heat; during the extreme heatwave that hit Europe in 2022 where almost 61,000 people lost their lives.

Greece, like many other European countries, continues to experience blistering summers.

Europe is warming at the fastest rate in the world due to a mix of natural El Niño conditions and human-caused climate change, which caused temperatures to reach record highs last summer.

Scientists caution that future heatwaves will become more common and hotter due to the ongoing trend of global warming.

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