Greek skies flip orange above Athens as North African Sahara mud blows in

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.

Sturdy 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 each day excessive in elements of the southern island of Crete topped 86 Fahrenheit, some 70 levels F greater than what was registered in a lot of northern Greece.

The sturdy 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} whole 25 wildfires broke out throughout the nation prior to now 24 hours.

Athens seems shrouded by an orange cloud as southerly winds carry waves of Saharan mud to town Tuesday.Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP – Getty Photos

Three folks have been arrested on the Aegean Sea resort island of Paros on suspicion of by accident beginning a scrub blaze on Monday, it added. No vital harm 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 below 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 twenty years.

Mud from the Sahara covers Athens in a haze Wednesday. Nikolas Kokovlis / NurPhoto by way of Getty Photos
An orange haze over Athens on Tuesday.Milos Bicanski / Getty Photos

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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