Extraordinary Weather Deterioration Bulletin issued today Tuesday 04 February 2020 by the National Weather Service (NMS ),

Worsening weather with snowfall, frost, stormy winds and heavy rains and thunderstorms

Tuesday 04 February 2020

      According to the Extraordinary Weather Deterioration Bulletin issued today Tuesday 04 February 2020 by the National Weather Service (NMS ), the weather is forecast to be late by Tuesday night (04-02-2020) and by the northwest with key features:

1. Snowfall :

a. From the first hours of Wednesday (05-02-2020) in the mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of northern Greece and in the mountains of Thessaly and Central Sterea . From midday, the snowfall will gradually spread to all the mountainous , semi-mountainous parts of the central country as well as the lowlands to the north . Occasional snowfalls will occasionally be dense mainly in the north .

b. On Thursday (06-02-2020), snowfall will continue from time to time in the aforementioned areas (par. 1a) while it is expected to occur in the lowlands of Thessaly as well as in areas with lower altitude (indicative altitude of 200-400 meters). and possibly transient in the afternoon and in lowland areas) in central, eastern Central and Euboea where it will be transient in dense areas .

2. Windy to very windy

a. On Wednesday (05-02-2020) they will blow from west southwest directions at 7 and at sea 8 beauforts that will quickly (from morning hours) west, central and north turn northwest and reach the Ionian region up to 9 beaufort .

b. On Thursday (06-02-2020) in the west, central and north and gradually until the afternoon in the rest of the region north winds will prevail 7 and in the seas up to 8 beaufort .

3. The heavy rains and thunderstorms that will be accompanied by hailstorms and will affect:

a. On Wednesday (05-02-2020) from the early morning until noon in the Ionian , Epirus and Western Solids . Gradually in the afternoon the Peloponnese , the islands of the North and East Aegean and the Dodecanese and late at night the Cyclades and Crete .

b. On Thursday (06-02-2020) until the early hours of the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean , to noon the Peloponnese and the Cyclades and until evening on Crete and the Dodecanese .

4. The frost that will be observed on Thursday (06-02-2020) on the mainland mainly in the morning and evening hours.

    Citizens can be updated daily for the development of exceptional weather events to regular weather reports of CMH and the CMH website at www.emy.gr .

    The General Secretariat for Civil Protection ( www.civilprotection.gr of the Ministry of Citizen Protection has informed the relevant state departments concerned, as well as the regions and municipalities of the country, to be on high alert to respond promptly. the effects of severe weather events .

    At the same time, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection recommends that citizens be particularly cautious, taking measures to protect themselves from the dangers arising from severe weather events .

     In particular, in areas where heavy rainfall, thunderstorms or thunderstorms are forecast :

  • Secure objects which, if carried away by severe weather, may cause injury or injury.
  • Ensure that the house’s gutters and gutters are not clogged and functioning properly.
  • Avoid crossing streams and streams, on foot or by car, during thunderstorms and rainfalls, but also for several hours after the end of their event 
  • Avoid rural activities and activities in marine and coastal areas during severe weather events (risk of lightning strikes).
  • Protect immediately during a hail break. Refuge in a building or in a car and leave the safe area only when they are sure that the storm has passed. Hail can also be very dangerous for animals.
  • Avoid crossing under large trees, under signboards and generally in areas where light objects (eg pots, broken glass, etc.) can detach and fall to the ground (eg under balconies) .
  • To follow the instructions of local authorities, such as Traffic Police, etc.

     Also, in areas where snowfall and frost are forecast :

If they are going to move by car :

  • Be informed about the weather and the condition of the road network
  • Have their skids and fuel tank in their vehicle
  • Travel, if necessary, preferably during the day, preferring the main roads
  • Inform their relatives of the route they are going to take
  • Alter their travel schedule to avoid the advent of weather
  • To follow the instructions of local authorities, such as Traffic Police, etc.

If moving on foot :

  • Wear multiple layers of light clothing instead of a heavy one and wear appropriate shoes to avoid injury due to slippage
  • Avoid unnecessary movements during peak times (heavy snowfall, frost conditions)

Citizens can visit the ELAS website      for information and announcements on the state of the road and the wetness of the road as a result of flooding or snowfall and frost. www.astynomia.gr .

    For more information and guidance on severe weather, citizens can visit the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection at www.civilprotection.gr .

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