The Hellenic Ministry of Culture announced that the Acropolis archaeological site, the most visited monument in Greece, will shut down on Wednesday during hours of peak temperature as a heat wave plagues Greece.

Specifically, the site will remain closed between noon and 5 p.m.

People who have purchased tickets to visit the Acropolis during these hours will be able to enter the archeological site after 5 p.m. up until 8 p.m.

Severe weather has swept through the country with temperatures hovering at the 40C-mark forecasted this week for much of the southern Greece mainland, coupled with particularly arid conditions and poor air quality due to lingering Sahara dust.