Winds Speeds in Penteli as High as 113 km/h, Scientist Tells ANA

ATHENS – Extremely strong winds were blowing in Penteli and the parts of Attica where fires were raging through the night, meteorologist Kostas Lagouvardos, the research director at the National Observatory of Athens, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday.

“There was a very significant strengthening of the winds in the early morning hours, from about 4:00 in the morning until 7:00. At 4:50, in fact, we had the strongest wind gust on Penteli, which reached 113 km per hour. We are talking about a very strong wind. After that we have a slight easing. As we speak, in other words at 9:30, we have gusts in Penteli that are between 75-85 km per hour. As you can understand, such winds are problematic and make the fighting of fires difficult for both ground and aerial means,” Lagouvardos said.

He predicted that the next few hours until the wind dies down on Wednesday night will continue to be difficult: “The next hours we will remain with a motif of strong winds, it is the second day of strong northerly winds in the east of the country and therefore in Eastern Attica. We will have average wind intensities of 5-6 Beaufort, with gusts that I estimate will be over 70 km per hour and maybe more at certain moments. We expect a slight easing of the winds late at night and more so on Thursday but we have many more hours in which winds will be very strong.”

He pointed out that the strong winds have blown smoke from the Penteli fire up to 400 km away, as shown by satellite images, with smoke reaching south of the island of Kythera and west of Crete.

Regarding the Penteli Observatory, which was evacuated on Tuesday night due to the fire, Lagouvardos said that this was done purely as a precaution and that the observatory had at no time lost power or access to the internet and was therefore receiving data from the 450 weather stations throughout the country as normal.

“We would have been blind if we had such a power outtage but fortunately we didn’t, the forecasts are working normally and have been posted on our web pages,” he said.


DOHA - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, on Saturday in Doha.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Zelenskyy Hosts Western Leaders in Kyiv as Ukraine Marks 2 Years since Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

KYIV, Ukraine  — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and weaponry and foreign aid hangs in the balance.

From shamrocks to leprechaun hats to green beer, it just wouldn't be St.

Olfa Hamrouni doesn’t know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child’s mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn’t even let her mind go there.

LOS ANGELES  — LeBron James had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Victor Wembanyama's historic “5x5” statistical performance for their seventh victory in nine games, 123-118 over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

DOHA - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, on Saturday in Doha.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.