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Bad weather still looms after wet weekend

Larnaca airport gets flooded over weekend, homes in southern town also affected by runoff water


An unstable weather pattern producing heavy winds and thunderstorms is still affecting parts of the island, following reports of flooding incidents in Larnaca over the weekend that also caused flight diversions and delays at the airport.

Weather officials pointed to a low barometric reading on Monday west of Cyprus that could remain in the area through Tuesday, with high chances of showers, isolated thunderstorms and possible hailstorms in parts of the island.

Monday skies will be cloudy with highs reaching 27 degrees Celsius in the interior and coastal regions, while it will be 17 high up in the mountains.

Very strong winds are also expected throughout the day and evening, where temperature lows will drop to 16 degrees inland, around 19 in the west, 17 in all other coastal regions, while it will be 11 higher up.

Rain chances will begin to decrease on Wednesday as temperature will rise gradually to reach above normal levels by Thursday.

Last Saturday flights to Larnaca International Airport were halted briefly due to heavy rainfall in the southern town, while reports said water had also made its way through the roof and into the terminal.

A spokesperson for Hermes, the operator of Larnaca and Paphos airports, said two Saturday flights from Luton and Liverpool were diverted to Paphos. Other flight delays were reportedly attributed to bad weather, including the presence of water on the runway as well as low or poor visibility.

Officials later said problems with water inside the departure terminal near the check-in area were managed quickly by blocking off those sections.

A number of vehicles were also trapped on the highway in heavy rain conditions due to excess water along the Nicosia-Larnaca highway near Lymbia.

But there were also reports of flooding in other parts of Larnaca, with videos on social media showing runoff water affecting business establishments, restaurants, and homes.

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