Snow in Athens? WTF? The world’s weather truly has gone mad!

With summer temperatures set to reach a blisteringly HOT 47ºC in parts of my home country Australia this week, it comes as no surprise that our northern hemisphere neighbors in the USA and Europe are again blanketed in snow – but Athens? Hot, steamy, balmy Athens?

Back of Bourke! – Pic courtesy of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service – NSW Government

I’ve been to Athens a couple of times and usually equate it with being about 38ºC in the shade, which there is usually very little of as you stand in the queue snaking up the hill  to check out the Parthenon.

Same goes for the rest of Greece – sure it might get a little cool around this time of year but even the locals were surprised by this rare weather event.

Check it out below!

Pics courtesy of international news agency Reuters.

H/t: The Guardian UK

Visitors make their way inside the archaeological site of the ancient Temple of Zeus following a snowfall in Athens January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A woman takes photos of the statue of The Woodbreaker of Philippotis outside the marble Panathenaic Stadium following a rare snowfall in Athens January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A woman with two dogs walks past the ‘Umbrellas’, the sculpture by Giorgos Zogolopoulos during heavy snowfall at the seaside promenade of the northern port city of Thessaloniki January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A man rides his bike during heavy snowfall at the seaside promenade of the northern port city of Thessaloniki January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf

 . . . and as for the rest of Europe!

A snow-covered statue is pictured at the main cemetery in Hanau, near Frankfurt January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
Romanian gendarmes shovel snow in the courtyard of a school in Bucharest January 11, 2017. ― Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea handout via Reuters – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
Hungarian Parliament building is seen as ice floes float on the Danube river in Budapest January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A snow covered T-Rex life size dinosaur sculpture is pictured at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A woman poses with a snowman, with the Maiden’s Tower in the background, in Istanbul January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A woman walks on a street during a heavy snowfall in Sofia, Bulgaria, January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A climber gets ready to ascend the Kadzielnia hill covered in ice near Kielce, Poland January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A climber gets ready to ascend the Kadzielnia hill covered in ice near Kielce, Poland January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf
A monkey used to being photographed with tourists, wears a thick coat to protect it from cold in central Kiev January 11, 2017. ― Reuters pic – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/gallery/view/europes-winter-landscapes#sthash.QpENj6lD.dpuf

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