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The Heat is On: Greek Workers Can Go Home, Students,  Teachers Can’t

ATHENS – With a mini heatwave bringing temperatures to 100 degrees and above across Greece, the government said public servants could request to work from home but that students and teachers would have to find refuge in their schools.

The blistering temperatures came as tourists were descending on the country in what’s expected to be a second straight record year after more than 31 million came in 2023 and spent 20 billion euros ($21.49 billion.)

Some municipal buildings were also being opened for those needing air conditioning, Greece’s cities having few public pools and public beaches largely taken over by businesses charging for renting umbrellas.

A circular was sent instructing civil servants with health problems and other vulnerabilities to work from home until June 13, when the national weather service said the temperatures would be in the mid-90s.

In central Greece and away from the coast, the temperatures were forecast to be as high as 113 degrees, bringing danger of heat stroke, especially in areas without trees, lakes or places to swim or stay out of the sun.

The risk of forest fires is very high, especially in central Greece, after a winter with little rain and due to the unusually high temperatures since the beginning of June, the service wrote on the social media platform X, said Yahoo News.

Some schools across the country where the temperatures were higher were closed but others stayed open, with students and teachers told not to go out into the sun during breaks and stay in rooms that had air conditioning.

It would be so hot that residents and tourists were said to even avoid going to the beach where they would face charcoal hot sand and little relief from the water under a broiling sun that even heats up the seas.

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