Athens shambles may play in Dundee United's favour
Temperatures are not the only thing soaring in Athens.
The Dundee United chairman's temper is also at boiling point.
Stephen Thompson has so far resisted the temptation to have a blast at AEK Athens and Uefa over the shambles surrounding United's 106th European appearance.
However, regardless of tonight's result he seems set to fill the airwaves and newspaper columns in the coming days as he seethes with anger over the situation United have found themselves in.
Tonight's match at the Karaiskaki stadium, home of AEK's bitter rivals Olympiakos, will kick off at 9pm Greek time in sweltering heat.
The venue was only confirmed late yesterday afternoon after AEK had failed to find another ground. Their own home at the Olympic stadium having been ruled out because of pitch problems, and their preferred option, the Nea Smyrni stadium being vandalised.
With no AEK fans allowed into the match because of safety concerns, United will be backed by a travelling support of 600 who were partying into the early hours in the Greek capital, unaware of arrangements to bus them from a central point in Athens, with a police escort, to the stadium tonight.
But the heat is the least of United's problems.
They trail AEK 1-0 from the first leg, in which they were well beaten by a side who are athletic, quick and inventive.
United boss Peter Houston will look for an improved performance from his defence which conceded four goals against Inverness Caley Thistle last Sunday.
Houston knows that United squandered possession too often in the first leg.
"We will have to pass the ball well rather than be chasing it all the time", he told the press at last night's media conference.
Danny Swanson seems set to return to find a place on the bench, giving United an option of a quick intelligent player who can get past defenders.
On a bizarre night in Athens which will be devoid of any passionate Greek fans, that is a bonus for a United side who will have their work cut out to overturn AEK's lead from Tannadice.