Worsening weather forecast as Easter holiday exodus begins in Greece

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The Hellenic National Meteorological Service has issued a weather warning for heavy rain, storms and possible hailstorms, which are expected to affect northern, western and central Greece from Palm Sunday, as the Easter holiday exodus begins.

The worsening weather is expected to begin around noon on Palm Sunday and last through Holy Monday.

Forecasts also warn of a significant temperature drop of 8-10 degrees on Holy Monday in northern and central Greece.

Palm Sunday weather forecast by region

The rain and storm are expected to start before noon on Palm Sunday in the Peloponnese, central Greece, Euboea, Thessaly and the Sporades group of islands.

Athens and the Attica regional unit will be affected in the afternoon, as will Macedonia and Thrace.

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Stormy weather will move north and east from the Aegean Sea during the evening.

It will continue until the morning hours of Holy Monday in central Greece, Thessaly, Euboea, Macedonia and the Sporades group of islands and until noon in northern and eastern Greece. Aegean Sea and Thrace.

The Peloponnese will be affected until the afternoon hours.

The Ionian Islands, except Corfu, will be hit by stormy weather between morning and afternoon on Holy Monday, the warning said.

Greeks prepare for Easter celebrations and holiday exodus

Nevertheless, stores will be open exceptionally throughout Greece on Palm Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow citizens to prepare for the Easter celebrations.

From Holy Monday April 18 to Holy Thursday April 21 and Holy Saturday April 23, the stores will be open at the usual times, respectively from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Good Friday April 22, the opening hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All shops will be closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, April 24 and 25.

A mass exodus for the Easter holidays is expected as it will be the first time since the start of the pandemic that no travel restrictions are in place and citizens are allowed to travel freely to their beloved islands, their holiday homes and their destinations in the countryside.

Exodus from the Easter holidays to the village this year, finally

According to Greek public radio (ERT), more than 20,000 vehicles had left Athens in the direction of the Peloponnese and as many in the direction of central Greece between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday April 15 already.

As the Easter holiday exodus is expected to peak on Maundy Thursday, the Hellenic Police is deploying more road traffic police forces from April 14 to May 3, to ensure accident prevention and smooth traffic flow on busy highways. .

Traditionally, Greeks travel to family homes in the countryside or on the islands to celebrate one of the most important religious events of the Orthodox calendar year.

This is an opportunity not only to welcome the arrival of spring, but also to reunite with extended family and participate in the cultural traditions and religious ceremonies of Easter.

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