The first heatwave of the summer to roast mainland Greece

Temperatures are set to rise next week, mainly in mainland Greece and in the north, with the heat wave pushing past the 40-Celsius mark on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Athens, Monday’s 37-degree Celsius daytime high is expected to reach 39-40 and above in parts of the city by the middle of the week.

Light winds up to 4 on the Beaufort scale.

Forecasts for Thessaloniki paint a similar picture, though higher humidity levels in the northern port city make for a more oppressive atmosphere.

Temperatures in south Greece, the Aegean islands and Crete will reach a maximum of 34 C during the day