Greeks have been told to avoid unnecessary work and travel as temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius in Athens and are expected to rise further with the city’s biggest tourist attraction already forced to close.

On Friday, Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis urged people to be careful and “show the highest degree of responsibility and cooperation” as temperatures soared across Greece.

“I also want to appeal to our fellow citizens to avoid unnecessary travel in the heat but also unnecessary work,” he added. (RT)