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Athens hard hit by ‘Ballos’ rainstorm on Thurs-Fri

Rainfall in Attica was heavy during the “Ballos” weather phenomenon that struck as of midday on Thursday, the National Observatory of Athens/ reported on Friday.

In the 24 hours between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon (Oct. 14-15), the hardest hit section of Athens was Patissia with 181mm, followed by Ambelokipi (174mm) and the suburb of Peristeri (170mm).

Fortunately, areas that lost trees during the August fires received less rain, except for Tatoi park NE of Athens, where rainfall reached 125mm over the same period.

In terms of equivalents, 1mm of rainwater corresponds to 1 ton of water per stremma (10 hectares). Therefore, during 24 hours, a total of 181 tons of water fell on Patissia per stremma. It should be noted that the annual cumulative rainfall in Athens is close to 400mm.

Saturday forecast

Rain and scattered showers and winds from variable directions are forecast for Saturday, but from midday on they will be restricted to the NE mainland, the Peloponnese and the Aegean.

Athens will see scattered showers in the morning with gradual improvement, and temperatures of 16C-22C. Thessaloniki will have similar weather but with lower temperatures, 10C-16C.