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Greek island heatwave strikes

- by Dabs Banner

Holidaymakers warned to take care as temperatures soar.

UK tourists taking their August holidays in the Greek Island have been warned to stay out of the mid-day sun as temperatures take off in a prolonged heatwave.

Thermometers have soared over 40°C in the shade this week and more hot sunshine is forecast by weathermen. although freshening breezes in the islands will help clear the air.

Mainland Greece has been suffering the most with highest temperatures recorded in central Macedonia, Thessaly and large parts of the Peloponnese.

But the holiday island have also been hit by soaring temperatures with the southern islands of Crete and Rhodes the worst affected.

The Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection has issued a warning to holidaymakers to take extra care during the heatwave and recommends that visitors avoid sunbathing, walking and running during the hot spell.

Holidaymakers are also advised to wear light and comfortable clothes, hats and sunglasses during the day and to eat light and small meals with emphasis on fruit and vegetables.

Health experts warn that babies, infants and the elderly should stay in the shade as much as possible and not be exposed to the sun for most of the day.

Other advice is to take cool showers as frequent as possible and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially, cool but not icy-cold water. Tourists should also avoid alcoholic, carbonated or caffeinated drinks during the hottest part of the day.

According to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (EMY), the heatwave was is expected to hit a high Greece on August 15, the day marking the Dormition of Virgin Mary, one of the biggest religious holidays in the country.

Although the worst may be over by the weekend, health advisers warn that rising humidity will make it feel much more uncomfortable especially at night.