Athens skies flip an orange hue with mud clouds from North Africa

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Skies over southern Greece turned an orange hue on Tuesday as mud clouds blown throughout the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa engulfed the Acropolis and different Athens landmarks.

Robust southerly winds carried the mud from the Sahara Desert, giving the ambiance of the Greek capital a Martian-like filter within the final hours of daylight.

The skies are predicted to clear on Wednesday as winds shift and transfer the mud, with temperatures dipping. On Tuesday, the every day excessive in elements of the southern island of Crete topped 30 levels Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), greater than 20 levels C increased than what was registered in a lot of northern Greece.

The robust southerly winds over the previous few days have additionally fanned unseasonal early wildfires within the nation’s south.

The hearth service stated Tuesday night {that a} complete 25 wildfires broke out throughout the nation up to now 24 hours. Three individuals have been arrested on the Aegean Sea resort island of Paros on suspicion of by chance beginning a scrub blaze on Monday, it added. No important injury or accidents have been reported, and the fireplace was shortly contained.

One other blaze that broke out on Crete close to a naval base was introduced underneath management Tuesday.

Greece suffers devastating, and sometimes lethal, forest blazes each summer time, and final yr the nation recorded the European Union’s largest wildfire in additional than 20 years. Persistent drought mixed with excessive spring temperatures has raised fears of a very difficult interval for firefighters within the coming months.

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