A yellow warning went into effect on Friday with maximums reaching 40 degrees inland, but a feel factor could vary across different areas due to afternoon wind activity and humidity levels.
Weather officials have issued a yellow warning for Friday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, citing maximum temperatures in the interior expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius.
Friday skies will remain mostly clear but with scattered clouds expected later in the day mainly over the mountains. Winds after midday will range from moderate in some parts to strong in local areas registering 4 to 5 points on the Beaufort scale.
Temperature highs will reach 40 degrees inland, around 34 in the south, east, and north, around 31 out west, while it will be 30 high up in the mountains.
Michail went on to say that good wind and low humidity can help improve the feel factor in parts of the island by bringing down the heat index
Evening skies will remain mostly clear while thin fog and low clouds are expected overnight in the early morning hours over local areas mainly along the coast.
Temperature lows will drop to 25 degrees inland and along the coast, while it will be 19 high up in the mountains.
Weekend skies will be mostly clear in the early part of the day but early and late afternoon clouds could bring local showers in the mountains.
No noticeable changes in temperature are expected throughout the weekend, with levels expected to reach slightly above normal averages for this time of the year.
But weather official Panayiotis Michail told Knews that climatic conditions have changed to a point where the definition of what is normal keeps changing.
“Having 37 degrees was considered a normal summer a few years ago, but now a summer day can be considered normal at a temperature of 39,” Michail said.
Michail went on to say that good wind and low humidity can help improve a feel factor in parts of the island by bringing down the heat index, which is a way for humans to perceive levels of air temperature combined with relative humidity.