As per, heatwaves coming from North Africa that hit Greece and Cyprus already made victims, while Turkish authorities fight an increasing number of wildfires that struck the country recently, as temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. As a result of the weather events, some schools and touristic attractions have been closed from the public.

At the same time, meteorologists say that this could be the beginning of an otherwise unbearable summer to hit Europe.

Last week, temperatures reached over 44 degrees Celsius in Crete, while in Greece, over 40. Last year in July, one heatwave lasted for 16 days in Greece and the Acropolis had to be shut close to tourists back then, as well, to prevent more heat-related victims.

Authorities in Cyprus also had to warn citizens and tourists last week, as temperatures reached a scorching 45 degrees Celsius, while heavy and moderate outside work had to be paused. Over 3.2 square kilometers have been burnt in Cyprus, as wildfires and the wind posed a great challenge to local firefighters.

Meteorologists in Cyprus also explained that so far, 2024 has been the 10th driest year in the last 123.

Experts at the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) say that the reason Southern Europe is hit by these unusually high temperatures is because of the hot air currents flowing from North Africa.

Additionally, the temperature situation won't improve soon, as the summer just began and more of the continent expects to heat up.

“The latter part of the European summer is likely to be warmer than average everywhere (with above-normal chance of exceeding the 80th percentile of climatology for seasonal means), drier than average in the south and wetter than average in the far north", C3S experts explained.