Weather officials have issued two simultaneous warnings for extreme high temperatures in Cyprus, with maximum levels reaching 41 degrees inland and a whopping 35 in the mountains.
A yellow warning was issued for Thursday in parts of the interior, due to extreme high temperatures inland reaching 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit).
In addition, an orange warning has also been issued for the mountains due to extreme high temperatures there reaching 35 degrees, which is two degrees over the normal threshold for yellow alerts in high altitudes.
Both Thursday warnings were scheduled to go into effect in the morning at 11am until the afternoon at 5pm.
A low pressure and a warm air mass are affecting the area over Cyprus, with Thursday skies mostly clear and variable winds ranging from weak to moderate throughout the day.
Temperature highs will reach 41 degrees in the interior, around 33 in the north and out west, while it will be 35 in all other coastal regions as well as high up in the mountains.
Evening weather will remain mostly clear with chances of light fog and low cloud formations expected overnight in local areas.
Temperature lows will drop to 25 degrees in the interior as well as in the south and east, around 24 in all other coastal regions, while it will be 23 high up in the mountains.
Friday maximums to rise further
Friday skies will be mostly clear while temperatures will rise further particularly in the island’s interior and possibly in the mountains, with levels expected to be noticeably above normal averages for this time of the year.
Increasing clouds are expected over the weekend mainly over the mountains.
An orange alert warns people in vulnerable groups that high temperatures could lead to heat illnesses, including heat stroke. The advisory further instructs members of the public to follow the news for any advice from authorities while the warning remains in effect.