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Very Low Snow Cover in Greece, Despite Recent Cold Fronts

January 29, 2021

ATHENS — The percentage of snow cover in Greek territory is approximately 6 percent, lower than the average rate of the period 2004-2020, based on the images sent by the European satellite Sentinel-2 on January 28, 2021, that recorded a large part of Greece and at very high definition (10m).

Despite the fact that we are at the end of January, in the middle of the winter, and despite the passage of the latest cold front "Leandros" and the recent snowfall in Thrace and in the eastern Aegean islands, the extent of snow cover in Greece is still very low, the meteo service of the Athens National Observatory said.

The warm aerial masses that have frequently affected Greece this year, have brought high quantities of water vapour from central Mediterranean, resulting in high levels of rain in western Greece, with only the mountain range of Pindos accumulating high levels of snow at high altitudes.

Snow cover, according to the satellite images, is also limited in the northern Balkans, central and southern Italy and the Ukraine. By contrast, in central and northern Europe the extent of snow cover is normal for the time of year.

Weather forecast: Clouds, rain and gradual improvement on Saturday

Clouds, rain and southwesterly winds are forecast for Saturday. Wind velocity will reach 7 on the Beaufort scale. Cloudy and scattered showers with gradual improvement in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 01C to 14C. Clouds, rain with gradual improvement in the afternoon in the western parts and temperatures between 07C and 18C. Partly cloudy in the eastern parts, 06c-19C. Rain in the Aegean island and Crete in the morning, 11C-19C. Partly cloudy and scattered showers in the morning in Athens, 08C-18C. Clouds and rain in the morning and gradual improvement in Thessaloniki, 05C-14C.

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