The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow warning for the upcoming weather conditions, forecasting an intense heatwave set to affect the region. Residents are advised to take precautions as temperatures are expected to soar to unprecedented levels.
According to the Meteorological Department, the mercury is projected to reach a scorching 41 degrees Celsius inland and 33 degrees Celsius in the elevated mountainous areas on Friday. This impending heatwave has prompted the issuance of a yellow warning, which will be in effect from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
"The impending weather conditions call for heightened awareness," stated the Meteorological Department. "Maximum temperatures are anticipated to reach around 41 degrees Celsius in inland regions, while the higher mountainous areas may experience temperatures hovering at approximately 33 degrees Celsius."
The forecast details a prevailing seasonal low-pressure system exerting its influence over the region. Today, residents can expect predominantly clear skies, with initial winds varying in strength and direction. Starting weak and variable at approximately 3 on the Beaufort scale, winds will gradually shift to mainly southwestern to northwestern directions, becoming weak to moderate at 3 to 4 on the Beaufort scale. There will be occasional instances of locally strong gusts, particularly in the southern coastal areas, ranging from 4 to 5 on the Beaufort scale.
As for sea conditions, they are projected to be moderately turbulent, with slight choppiness expected in the afternoon. The day's temperatures are anticipated to climb to 41 degrees Celsius inland, 32 degrees Celsius along the western coasts, approximately 34 degrees Celsius on other coastal regions, and 33 degrees Celsius in the elevated mountainous zones.
Tonight's forecast anticipates mainly clear skies, interspersed with sporadic instances of increased low cloudiness. Wind patterns will predominantly favor northwestern to northeastern directions, registering as weak and occasionally moderate, ranging from 3 to 4 on the Beaufort scale. In some western areas, winds may intensify momentarily, reaching 4 on the Beaufort scale. Sea conditions will remain moderately turbulent, with slight choppiness particularly evident in the western portions. Nighttime temperatures are expected to decrease to 22 degrees Celsius inland, around 24 degrees Celsius along the coasts, and 23 degrees Celsius in the higher mountainous regions.
In the days to come, the heatwave is projected to gradually subside, with temperatures trending towards or slightly above the average climatological values. Both Saturday and Monday are anticipated to be characterized by predominantly sunny conditions.
Residents are strongly advised to stay updated on weather alerts and adhere to recommended safety measures during this period of extreme heat.
[Information sourced from Cyprus Met Service]