A heavy summer downpour hit Greece, particularly Attica, where Athens is located, Friday afternoon. The downpour seemed to come out of nowhere when sunny, clear blue skies suddenly turned gray and overcast in Athens.
Heavy rains hit the region around 2 p.m., bringing with them hail and lightning. The downpour, which dumped the usual monthly rainfall for Greece in just 40 minutes, caused heavy traffic jams on roads in Athens and even left large parts of the city without electricity.
Torrential rainstorms occurred throughout mainland Greece, as well as on many islands. In addition to torrential rains, strong winds and hail were observed across much of the country.