The Acropolis, the most important archaeological site and tourist attraction in Athens, will close early on Monday due to the scorching heat.
The monument will close at 14:00 on Monday, while the issue of tickets will stop half an hour earlier, at 13:30, "to protect visitors and employees alike" from the current heatwave, which will peak at 41-42 degrees Centigrade on Monday.
The decision was taken unanimously at an emergency meeting of the Panhellenic Association of Antiquities Guards' executive committee and briefing of the culture and tourism ministry.
Municipal authorities in Greek cities are on alert, providing air-conditioned halls for the public, while the government’s Civil Protection Agency advised elderly Greeks to remain indoors until evening hours.
The Greek Health Ministry has advised citizens and visitors in Athens to remain indoors for as long as possible during the hottest part of the day on Monday, due to a high concentration of ozone in the atmosphere.
Some information for this report was provided by AMNA, Associated Press, eKathimerini
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