April 18, 2024

How long will the wildfires last in Greece?

Evacuations are set to continue in Greece as Corfu and Evia are the latest islands to issue orders as the country battles the devastating wildfires. The Greek fire service has said that around 2,500 people have been evacuated from Corfu so far.

Thousands of people were also forced to leave their homes and hotels – and those in Santa, Megoula, Porta, Palia Perithia and Sinies were asked to evacuate to Kassiopi.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said The Independent: “Temperatures are likely to peak in Rhodes on Wednesday, and could be close to 39C in some spots. Temperatures are then expected to move back towards the average for this time of year later in the week, probably around 30C.

“However, windy conditions could affect efforts this week. There are some northwesterly winds today, and these are likely to ease on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“However, windy weather may return later in the week, albeit with a drop in temperature,” the Met Office said.

How will the weather be in Greece this week?

According to the Met Office website, the temperature in Rhodes will be as follows:

Monday 24 July – High: 36C and Low: 31C

Tuesday 25 July – High: 37C and Low: 28C

Wednesday 26 July – High: 39C and Low: 27C

Thursday 27 July – High: 36C and Low: 23C

Friday 28 July – Highest: 34C and Lowest: 24C

Saturday 29 July – High: 32C and Low: 22C

Sunday 30 July – Highest: 33C and Lowest: 24C

How long will the wildfires last?

The climate crisis is increasing the risk of larger, more intense and more frequent wildfires around the world due to warmer and drier conditions. Other factors also play a role including soil moisture levels, and the presence of vegetation that acts as fuel for fires.

“It is important to note that these wildfires are occurring in naturally fire-prone environments during hot and dry summers, with vegetation that is highly adapted to survive fire”, said Dr Matthew Jones, NERC Independent Research Fellow, Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, in a statement.

Dr Jones also said that with climate change and frequent changes in weather conditions around the globe, fires are more likely to start and “burn so intensely and synchronously across the Mediterranean.”

“The Mediterranean Sea saw a significant increase in the frequency of hot-dry conditions considered extreme at the end of the last century, and these increases are expected to accelerate for each additional degree of warming in the future,” he said.

According to the Joint Media Research Center, last year was the second worst wildfire season in Europe. In 2022, damages exceeded those of 2021, according to data from EFFIS – an advanced report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The EFFIS looked at fires in 45 countries and found that these places were affected by 16,941 fires burning 1,624,381 hectares.

Looking at European countries only, July 2022 was the month in which the most significant damage occurred in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece.


According to the Safer Scotland Wildfire Operational Guide, a wildfire can burn for a “period of time” and this is highly dependent on the landscape, which contributes to how quickly the fire can move.

The “behavior” of the wildfire depends on the following factors: the area, its combustibles and arrangement, the arrangement of the area, the weather and time.

Depending on stable or unstable weather conditions the Wildfire Operating Guide said time “It can have a positive or negative impact on fire development during the day and this will give firefighting operations an advantage and a disadvantage.”

Space It is another important factor because the area where the fire is burning changes the shape of the fire, changing the alignment of the fire. For example, as a fire changes location and moves across the area “topographic and climatic conditions will work for and against the initial change in intensity and speed.”

How does fuel affect wildfires?

When a wildfire occurs, the main source of fuel is the vegetation. This type of fuel, its size and the way the vegetation is organized across the landscape will affect the way the fire burns.

The Wildfire Operating Guide states that the size and shape of the fuel is particularly important “in terms of its ease of ignition. Smaller fuels, referred to as ‘fine fuels’, are more susceptible to fire, while larger or larger fuel types generally depend on their interaction with fine fuel fires before igniting.”

Fine fuels are considered to be those with a diameter of up to 6mm, including grass, small stems and leaves of low bushes. These fine fuels can also be found in large quantities in plants – such as needles on coniferous trees.

Flames rise during a forest fire on the island of Rhodes on Saturday 22 July


“Fuels over 6mm in diameter are described as ‘coarse fuel’ and include twigs, branches and tree trunks,” the guidance says.

Fine fuels can affect fire intensity, fire rate and movement, flame length, fire activity and increased ignition from spot fires.

When asked how long the wildfires would last in Greece, Jim Dale, founder and senior Meteorological Adviser at British Weather Services said. The Independent: “As long as there is ‘fuel’ as in combustible brush. The wind is the enemy as far as people and infrastructure are concerned; there is no sign of rain.

“The two main fire zones, Rhodes and Corfu, are sure to be boosted as the Mediterranean basin continues to bake with higher and nearer temperatures.”

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