Major summer storm hits Greece with a month's worth of rain in just 40 minutes

Major summer storm hits Greece with a month's worth of rain in just 40 minutes

A major summer storm hit Greece, particularly the municipality of Attica, on Friday, June 11, 2021, bringing extremely heavy rain, lightning, and hail. A month's worth of rain fell in 40 minutes, causing traffic disruption across Athens and power outages to wide swaths of the city.

"The rainstorm, which produced what is usually a month’s worth of rain in Greece in just 40 minutes, caused major traffic jams across Athens, and even left large swaths of the city without power," the Greek Reporter reports. The average June rainfall in this region is 17 mm (0.66 inches).

Meanwhile, an intense hailstorm hit Psychiko, Agia Paraskevi, and many areas in the northern suburbs. 

The severe weather caused power outages in Agia Paraskevi, Nea Ionia, Psychiko, Papagou, and Chalandri. Traffic lights were shut, mainly in Kifissia, according to authorities. 

A new atmospheric disturbance is forecast to reach northern parts of the country on Monday, June 14. Rains and thunderstorms are possible in Central and Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, and the islands of the Eastern Aegean.

From Monday noon onwards, heavy rains are likely in Thrace, Thessaly, Eastern Sterea, Macedonia, Crete, and Eastern Aegean.

There is a chance of hail mainly in the northern and eastern regions, as well as the mountainous areas of Western Greece.

Featured image credit: Daily Weather/YouTube

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