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Heat wave hits Cyprus, red alert for forest fires

Record temperatures and fire warnings


Cyprus is bracing for its first heat wave of the summer today, with temperatures expected to soar to 40 degrees Celsius in the interior, according to the Department of Meteorology. A yellow warning has been issued, indicating an extremely high temperature for Monday afternoon. The alert is in effect from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Today's weather will be mostly clear with variable winds in the morning, blowing weakly at 3 Beaufort. By the afternoon, winds will shift to mainly southwest to northwest, ranging from weak to moderate at 3 to 4 Beaufort. The sea will be slightly rough. Temperatures will peak at 40 degrees in the interior, around 34 degrees on the south and east coasts, approximately 31 degrees on other coasts, and 30 degrees in the higher mountains.

In the evening, conditions will remain clear. Winds will change direction to blow from the northwest to northeast and southeast on the north coast, remaining weak at 3 Beaufort. The sea will calm down to a little turbulent. Temperatures will drop to around 22 degrees in the interior and along the coast, and to 20 degrees in the higher mountains.

The forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday indicates clear and warm weather, with temperatures expected to rise well above the seasonal averages.

The Department of Forestry has issued a red alert for the risk of forest fires today, June 3, 2024. The public is reminded that lighting a fire without a permit is prohibited and is a serious offense. Under the Forest Law of 2012, violators can face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to €50,000, or both. The Prevention of Fires in the Countryside Law of 1988 imposes penalties of up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to €20,000, or both.

Fires for cooking are only permitted in designated grills at picnic sites. The public is urged to exercise extreme caution during excursions and avoid any activities that could ignite a fire, such as using tools or agricultural machinery that generate heat, sparks, or flames, like welding equipment.

If smoke or fire is spotted, it is crucial to call the Forest Department at 1407 or the Fire Department at 112 immediately.

Stay safe and take necessary precautions during this heat wave and heightened fire risk.

 [Information sourced from Cyprus Met Service]

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