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Greek Acropolis closed as brutal Cerberus heatwave grips Europe in ferocious 40C

NewsGreek Acropolis closed as brutal Cerberus heatwave grips Europe in ferocious 40C

Greece’s ancient Acropolis has been forced to as extreme temperatures cause authorities in Athens to text steps to minimise risks to tourists.

The Greek capital has been baked in temperatures reaching above 40C. Tourists have been barred from the world-famous attraction from 9:00-14:00 GMT amind the intense heatwave.

Temperatures are expected to reach new heights next week meaning no respite for those living across southern Europe.

In Greece, officials are on high alert for wildfires amid fears of a repeat of the mass fires that struck during a similar patch of freakishly high temperatures in 2021.

A 40-year-old man in northern Italy has been the first recorded death linked to the extreme heat so far.

Meanwhile, a number of heatstroke cases have been reported in Italy including a British tourist who collapsed outside the Colosseum in Rome.

Forest fires have broken out in parts of the Croatian coast causing widespread damage to homes until being brought under control on Friday.

The position of the Acropolis, on a rocky outcrop with few trees, pushed authorities to make the decision according to the BBC.

Large swarms of tourists would have little shade to escape the sun and will face a hard climb to the summit to view the ancient temples a the top.

Unhappy visitors expressed their dissatisfaction at the temporary closure on Friday.

In an effort to combat the scorching temperatures, the Red Cross provided bottled water to tourists who were waiting in long queues, hoping to enter the Acropolis and climb the steps to the magnificent Parthenon temple.

Some visitors were frustrated and caught off guard by the sudden closure of the Acropolis at noon, as Greek authorities made the announcement at the last minute.

In Spain, the beaches were crowded as people took advantage of a brief break from the country’s second heatwave of the summer.

Although temperatures were still anticipated to reach 40 degrees Celsius in at least 12 out of Spain’s 17 regions on Friday, it was a decrease from the scorching 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) that affected the southeastern town of Albox on Wednesday.

According to Aemet, the state weather agency in Spain, another heatwave is expected to commence on Sunday, with even higher temperatures predicted.

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