Another cool summer for the south and warm for the north is on track. A heat wave occurred the last 5 days in southeast, which is gradually coming to an end. Let’s have an overview of the early August weather.


In particular, after the first attempt of August to bring some cooler air in the southeast, there will be a second one much more successful within the upcoming week. The temperature is going to drop to May levels, while convective weather will affect most of Balkans, Italy and the mainland of Greece for around 3-5 days. The reason is a new atmospheric depression in the middle troposphere, which will move from central Europe to the east-southeast affecting the southeast corner of Europe with temperature drop and thunderstorms/rain. In contrast, the weather will be improved over west and north Europe especially after 7/8/2020 with 30’s coming up in many places, even in south England and southern of Scandinavia for at least 3-5 days.


In case you are going to visit southeast Europe, you may face the following situation:

a. Thunderstorms or showers may be severe at times and places around afternoon

b. South Aegean islands demonstrate the least possibility for thunderstorms or any weather.

c. The temperature drop will be significant with maximum values in continental areas around 30-32°C or less and minimum around 20°C or less.

d. Northerlies will be dominant over the seas exceeding in some cases 70km/h.

e. Unsettled weather may continue till 10/8/2020.





Obviously spring is a season of unsettled weather with ups and downs. However, this spring seems to follow almost strictly wintry or summer patterns.


In the satellite image you may observe snow covered Scandinavia and African dust over southeast Europe.


You may see the current observations in Thessaloniki HERE.

During the last week, extreme weather was observed across Europe forming a weather dipole between north and south countries. Snowfalls occurred in Scandinavia and Russia, while an unusual heat wave for the season took place in Greece.

In particular, the temperature in northern Europe was observed to be in general higher than the average for May by 8-10°C (without breaking any record). However, negative temperatures were observed in many places (e.g. in Stockholm the temperature dropped to -2°C ον 14/5/2020). In the following chart you may see temperature deviations from the temperature average of this season on 16/5/2020. It should be highlighted that the entire week (11-17/5/2020) the situation was more or less in the same pattern.



In contrast, in the southeast corner of Europe, we observed the highest temperatures ever for the month of May. In Athens and Thessaloniki (two biggest cities in Greece) the temperatures reached the extreme highest values for this month (36°C and 33°C respectively). The highest ever temperature for May was recoerded in southern Greece, in Sparta, where the weather station recorded a highest value of slightly above than 40°C.

The following videos showing this weather contrast over Europe. The first three videos come from Russia and Norway:


In contrast, Greeks searched for a cool place by the sea close by the large urban regions. The first video is from Epanomi (Thessaloniki) and the second from Vouliagmeni (Athens):

A severe heat wave is expected the next 7-8 days period in Greece. Greece is wonderful for summer vacation but hot weather may change your plans.


The weather is getting hotter from tomorrow (8/8/2019) and this will last for at least 7-8 days. However, there is a significant possibility that this heat wave will be terminated with severe thunderstorms at places.

An insignificant temperature drop is expected on Sunday, but the mercury will raise again on Monday.


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The greatest mushroom museum of Europe is located in Greece and, particularly, in Kalampaka of Trikala.


The Mushroom Museum has a rich collection. It consists of mushroom sculptures made one by one, maintaining an absolute color, shape and size similarity. Mushrooms are presented in three stages of development, so that the visitor forms a complete picture of their circle of life. Their presentation is based on the ecosystem that each species grows (beech, pine, fir, oak, meadow, etc.)

Wandering around a specially designed area, which simulates the real environment, visitors can gather information and get familiar with every mushroom.

The Museum organizes guided tours for groups, school classes of elementary, middle and high school students and other special groups. Visitors have the opportunity to become fully informed about the exhibits, the dangers that threaten the individual ecosystems and the environment in general. For the smooth operation of the Museum the tours will be scheduled after contacting us.


Below you can have a brief look of some parts of the exhibition:



More info in english on

Crete broke the rainfall record that was previously held by Grøndalen of Norway.

The European record of monthly rain and snow was broke in the region of Askiftos in Hania of Crete because of severe rainfalls occurring due to the so called weather systems “Hioni” and “Okeanis”.

The record of the highest monthly rainfall height was previously held by Grøndalen in Norway, which was 1190 mm being recorded in 1989.

In total, the weather station of the National Observatory of Athens in the region of Askiftos has recorded 1202 mm between 1st and 26th of February.


Extreme rain heights in the rest of west Crete

In total, the weather system “Okeanis”, affected western Crete with significant rainfalls.

The rainfall that was observed on 23rd of February 2019, in regions of western Crete, such as Sempronas of Hania and Askiftos palteau, reached 40.9% and 31% of the mean annual rainfal respectively.


Τις τελευταίες δύο ημέρες (6-7/1/2017), το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της χώρας έχει έρθει αντιμέτωπη με εξαιρετικά χαμηλές θερμοκρασίες και ισχυρές χιονοπτώσεις. Σε αρκετές περιοχές της ηπειρωτικής χώρας έχει καταγραφεί ολικός παγετός με μέγιστες θερμοκρασίες που κυμαίνονται ακόμα και σε πεδινά τμήματα μεταξύ -7 και -2°C. Μεγάλες ποσότητες χιονιού έχει δεχτεί και η Κύμη Ευβοίας, οι οποίες έχουν δημιουργήσει και σοβαρά προβλήματα στην περιοχή.






When it takes you more than 10 years to see your hometown wearing its white dress, you feel that you want to go out there in the snowy streets and just looking around and staring at the snowflakes falling. For those who were born in 80’s that was just a typical snow. For those who were born after 2000 that was THE snow. The last time that Thessaloniki looked like the images below was in 2006. And if you go further back you could see that there was a good snow event (>=10cm) at least once per year.

I don’t want to say anything more. Ariadne (the name of this low pressure system) was as the song says “unforgettable” and we are gonna really miss her. We ‘ll miss her not for the amount of snow but for the general traits of this system. The highlight? Snowing with -5 deg C in the city centre, next to the sea. I can’t name a Mediterranean city, which can achieve such a situation. Enjoy as I did (photos from 10-11/1/2017):













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