Beat the Heat: A Word from the Team USA Medical Staff

It will be hot and humid in Athens. The summer daytime temperatures are about the same as they are in the hot southern cities of Miami, New Orleans or Atlanta.

Air conditioning in Greece is a lot different than in the United States. Even with air conditioning, it is not as cool inside the buildings as we are accustomed to in the USA.

The best way for you to prepare for the heat that we expect in Athens is to GET READY. The most important thing you need to do to get your body ready for the heat is to start exercising outside in the heat of the day. This might be uncomfortable, but you should know that exercising in an air conditioned room or merely sitting outside in the heat without exercising does not do a very good job getting your body ready to perform in the heat. If you are going to play in the heat, you need to prepare by training in the heat.

There is no question that drinking a lot of fluid and resting in the shade will be very important while we are in Greece. You will do better and decrease your risk of having trouble in the heat if you begin getting your body ready now.

When you start your outside exercise program, you should build up slowly and not try to do too much too soon. It takes the body approximately 30 days to get fully adjusted to working in the heat, so it is best if you start your program right away. Be careful, advance slowly, but START NOW.

We will all have a better time in Athens and you will compete better if your body is prepared. Begin your outdoor workout program now.

The climate of Greece 

Greece is located between 34th and 42nd parallel of the Northern Hemisphere and bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The climate is generally typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters and relatively warm and dry summers with plenty of sunshine all year round.

In various parts of Greece presented a wide range of climate types, even in places that are close together, always within the framework of the Mediterranean climate. This is mainly due to the topographic configuration of the country, namely the existence of large mountain ranges along the mainland or other mountains near the sea and the complexity of the coastline. Thus, the dry climate of Attiki and general decay of eastern Greece in the humid climate of the west country and the relatively cold climate of northern Greece during the winter. Such climatic differences are found in very few countries in the world.

In climatological terms, the year can be divided into two seasons: the cold and rainy period lasting from mid-October to late March and hot and dry season lasts from April to October. In winter the coldest months are January and February during which the mean minimum temperature ranges from an average of 5 to 10 ° C in coastal areas and from 0 to 5 ° C in inland areas with the lowest values ​​occurring in the northern areas not adjacent to the sea.

The rains in Greece even in winter does not last long and the sky of the country does not remain cloudy for several consecutive days, as in other parts of the world. Winter storms often interrupted by sunny days, known since antiquity “halcyon days”, which are usually observed during January and the first fortnight of February. The winter is milder in the Aegean and Ionian Sea in relation to the mainland mainly the eastern and northern Greece.

During the warm and dry weather period in the country is generally stable and the sun shines nearly every day in heaven. Sometimes the weather interrupted by the onset of heavy rain or storms, but apparently they do not last long. The highest temperatures usually occur during July and first fortnight of August, when the average maximum temperature ranges from 29 to 34th C. In the period mentioned above, high temperatures are tempered by cool sea breezes in coastal areas of the country and especially from the northern winds (annual) blowing mainly in Western Greece.

Spring is often short, because the present Late winter and summer starts early. Autumn is long and warm enough, and sometimes in the south extended until mid-December.

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