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Acropolis closed during hottest hours in Greece’s earliest heatwave on record

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🗞️ Driving the news: Greece's earliest-ever heatwave, with temperatures expected to reach 43°C, has prompted school closures and health warnings
• The Acropolis was closed during peak heat hours, and public-sector employees were advised to work from home
• Outdoor work, including food delivery, was paused from midday to 5pm

🔭 The context: Meteorologists have confirmed this is the earliest heatwave in Greece's recorded history, previously unseen before June 15
• The heatwave is expected to peak over two days, with warnings issued for high fire risks in the Attica region around Athens

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The early onset and intensity of heatwaves highlight the accelerating impact of climate change, stressing infrastructure and public health systems
• It underscores the urgent need for climate adaptation and mitigation strategies

⏭️ What's next: Authorities may extend the measures if high temperatures persist
• Continued monitoring and potential further restrictions will be necessary to manage the heat's impact on health and safety

💬 One quote: "Heatwaves came earlier this year and the season will be difficult," said Elisavet Robou, a kebab store owner

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