Hot, sunny weather to give way to storms in most parts of Greece


eKathimerini — A weather system dubbed Minos by Greek meteorologists is bringing rain, storms and hail to most parts of the country this weekend.

According to, the weather website of the National Observatory, Athens and Thessaloniki should brace for storms and strong downpours over the weekend, as Minos moves onto the Greek mainland. The system will also bring a significant drop in temperatures, down to the low and mid-20 Celsius range from current daytime levels in the low 30s.

The islands of the Aegean, however, are mainly expected to get sporadic showers.

Powerful, localized storms that will likely bring hail as well will continue on the mainland through Monday and Tuesday, especially in northern Greece.

A few minutes of intense rain was reported in Chania on Saturday morning as a first sign of the weather front reaching western Crete. According to the local forecasts, more rain is expected before the system moves off on Wednesday.