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Extreme Heat in Greece during summer

Summer will lack any long-lasting heat waves across northwestern Europe, while parts of southern and eastern Europe will feel the heat.


Following a very wet winter and spring, change is on the way for the Balkan Peninsula during the summer months. While frequent storm systems will bring continued near- to above-normal rainfall through the month of May, a building ridge of high pressure will develop from late June through August.

This area of high pressure will allow heat to build from the Balkans through the Black Sea region. Along with the heat, storm systems will be blocked from the region, resulting in long stretches of dry weather.

“This summer will be a stark contrast to last year when cool, wet weather prevailed,” according to Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

Heat waves will be common from mid-July through August with numerous days of temperatures surpassing 32 C (90F). During the hottest stretches of summer, several days of temperatures over 38 C (100 F) will be possible in cities such as Belgrade and Bucharest.

Wet weather over the past year across much of the Balkans will prevent any widespread drought issues; however, short-term drought will have an impact on agriculture and will lead to lower-than-normal yields.