Greece heatwave leaves tourists dead as attractions close amid record-breaking temperatures

Another five tourists have either gone missing or died in Greece since the death of Dr Michael Mosley. In an effort to mitigate the effects of the heat wave, Greece has taken steps to shut down attractions, deterring people from venturing outdoors.

Renowned author and broadcaster Dr Mosley tragically lost his life on Symi Island in Greece on June 5 after heading out for a walk. The latest incident involves an American man who was declared missing, with his body being found on Mathraki Island this Sunday.

In addition, the remains of a Dutch man were located in a ravine on Samos Island last Saturday. Authorities are still searching for two French women and a U.S. tourist that have been reported missing on various islands in Greece.

ERT TV channel received reports from meteorologist Panos Giannopoulos stating: "This heatwave will go down in history."

The mercury has risen beyond 40C in parts of Greece. A Greek doctor, alongside UK colleague Masarat Jilina from bladder care company Jude, shed light on the importance of staying safe amid the Mediterranean heatwave.

They warned: "In the Med temperatures regularly reach the mid-30s in summer. When we're well hydrated we are able to regulate our body's temperature by sweating, which is our body's number one way of cooling down in a hot climate. If we haven't drunk enough water, we won't have enough to sweat, which can lead to overheating and heat stroke."

Greece is on high alert for fires as the early heatwave and dry winter conditions pose a severe threat, said Vassilis Kikilias, the minister responsible for civil protection. "The early start of the heatwaves, combined with the dry winter, has led to a very difficult fire season. The fire service also warned of a very high wildfire threat."

In anticipation of the hot weather, Athens authorities are ensuring public access to air-conditioned spaces and supplying fans to exam centres where end-of-year school assessments and university entrance exams are being taken.

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