Greece Experiences Deadly Heatwave with Rising Tourist Deaths and Missing Persons

ATHENS, June 18, 2024 – Greece is currently facing lethal temperatures exceeding 40°C, resulting in the death and disappearance of at least seven tourists. In an ongoing heatwave, Dr. Michael Mosley, a broadcaster and author, died on June 5 while hiking on the island of Symi. Recently, the body of an American tourist was discovered on Mathraki, and a Dutch man was found dead in a ravine on Samos. Searches are ongoing for two French women on Sikinos and another American on Amorgos.

The unprecedented heat has led to the closure of major attractions, including the Acropolis, and the setup of air-conditioned public areas. Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias has warned of the simultaneous threat of wildfires due to the dry winter and early heatwaves.

Meteorologist Panos Giannopoulos described the situation as historic, urging caution amidst the extreme Mediterranean climate.