Greece > A sunny debut in 2007 will soon turn blustery

The first day of 2007 is expected to be sunny but the weather will soon turn windy and temperatures could drop as low as minus 6 Celsius (21.2 Fahrenheit) in some parts of Greece, meteorologists said.

Weather experts said that winds are likely to reach speeds of between 6 and 7 Beaufort over the weekend but are not expected to affect ferry routes for travelers on their way to the islands.

The temperature fell to -10C (14F) in parts of northern Greece yesterday, including the cities of Florina, Serres and Drama.

Snowfall on Mount Parnitha, northwest of Athens, made area roads dangerously slippery and icy and slowed traffic.

Police have instructed drivers traveling through mountainous areas early in the day to be especially vigilant because of icy conditions.

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