Warmer weather arrived at last in Greece on Friday as the country experienced the coldest March in 35 years, meteorologists said.
According to the National Observatory, temperatures reached 22-23 degrees Celsius in many parts on Friday and are expected to stay warm through the end of the month. Last Sunday in contrast, parts of Imathia, Florina and Kozani chattered at -8C.
Coldest March in Greece
Those unusual lows were part of a cold front that began on March 18 and clung on until Wednesday. And that, in turn, had come on the back of weather-front Filippos in the first half of the month.
Storm Filippos brought snow even in Athens and several other regions of the country. Primary and secondary schools in the northern suburbs of Athens and other towns in Attica closed and several roads were impassable.
Extremely low temperatures and deep frost were recorded on March 10, especially in the central and northern parts of the country, with the lowest temperature of -16.1C (3.2 F) recorded at Seli, Imathia.