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Greece Temporarily Closes Archaeological Monuments as Heat Wave Hits

© AFP 2021 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKITourists walk past empty Acropolis parking, as the archaeological site has closed due to the heatwave in Athens on August 2, 2021.
Tourists walk past empty Acropolis parking, as the archaeological site has closed  due to the heatwave in Athens on August 2, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.08.2021
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ATHENS (Sputnik) - Open-air archaeological sites in Greece will be closed during the daytime starting August 3 due to an intense heatwave, the Ministry of Culture and Sports said on Monday.
The Mediterranean nation is forecasting temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the coming days, according to the National Meteorological Service.
"From Tuesday, August 3, to Thursday, August 5, archaeological sites in the open air will be closed from 12:00 [local time, 09:00 GMT] to 17:00 for the safety of visitors and employees due to high temperatures," the ministry said in a statement.
With the country's power system being overloaded from the heat, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged people earlier on Monday to reduce the use of electricity as much as possible, especially in the daytime from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., to avoid blackouts.
Recent days have brought Greece its worst heatwave since 1987 when temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius for several days and 1,300 people lost their lives due to the extreme weather. On Monday and Tuesday, the temperature is expected to reach 44-46 degrees Celsius on the mainland.
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