Athens launches ‘heat alert’ for extreme weather information

People walk in the street of central Athens during a heatwave in Athens, Greece (2017)
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The Municipality of Athens is launching a messaging service that will provide immediate information on the weather conditions that prevail in Athens during the summer period, as well as on the measures that must be taken for people’s protection.

The “heat alert” system classifies heat waves into four categories and informs citizens to effectively protect themselves from the extreme weather. The categorization is based on an algorithm for predicting the effects on the health of the inhabitants of Athens during days of high temperatures. The algorithm was developed specifically for the Greek capital, through the correlation of historical weather data over a period of two decades, and mortality data.


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