While the UK and other places have had torrential rain, we have had an amazingly hot week. Even on Aegina, which is a few degrees cooler than the mainland, temperatures have reached 42° – 43°. This is unheard of for June and is the hottest weather for 110 years.
At least eight people died of the heat in Athens and our neighbouring island of Poros suffered a bad fire yesterday afternoon. Many tourists were evacuated as smoke filled the air and black ash settled on the town. Luckily, no-one was hurt although several houses were destroyed.
The record-breaking weather made the news in Australia, where there is a large Greek population. One of our former students telephoned from Melbourne to check that we were okay.
The weather has not been too much of a problem for Anna and myself in an air-conditioned office, but we feel for the students (we have three boats out this week) who must have found it very hot and uncomfortable at night. We have a family from Oregan among our students this week – they will have been particularly aware of the heat.
I will report how they all got on when they arrive back in Aegina tomorrow.