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Snowless Christmas for Athens December 22, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Culture.
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Weather experts dashed hopes yesterday of Athenians celebrating Christmas in a snow-covered city, despite an expected wave of cold weather forecast to reach the country on Sunday.

Meteorologist Dimitris Ziakopoulos said that there will be a drop in temperatures on Saturday but that conditions will generally be fine on Christmas Eve.

“December so far has seen a lack of rain and relatively high temperatures. However, in the past there have been a number of cases where the lack of rainfall was a more serious problem. We have also had Decembers with higher temperatures,” said Ziakopoulos.

According to data, it has snowed twice in Athens on Christmas Day in the last 35 years, in 1986 and 1992.

Winds, however, are expected to pick up in the next few days, posing possible problems to sea travelers.

“The main characteristics of the weather are the strong northerly winds (of up to 8 Beaufort tomorrow in the Aegean Sea) and cold weather in the north and east of the country,” added Ziakopoulos.

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