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Heatwave hits the area

High temperatures and sunny skies


The region is bracing for scorching temperatures as a persistent heatwave settles in, accompanied by clear skies and dry conditions. The Cleon synoptic system, characterized by warm and arid air masses in the lower atmospheric layers, is expected to dominate the area starting tomorrow. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions to stay safe and cool during this intense weather event.

According to the latest forecast from the Meteorological Service, today, Wednesday (12/07), temperatures are projected to soar, reaching a sweltering 38 degrees Celsius. The weather will be predominantly sunny, offering little respite from the heat. As the day progresses, gentle to moderate breezes from the north to the northeast are anticipated, while the western coastal regions will experience winds from the southwest to the northwest. Later in the day, the winds along the southern coasts will shift, blowing from the southeast to the southwest, maintaining the same intensity. The sea will generally be calm, although temporary slight turbulence may occur in the western and northern areas.

The scorching temperatures will be felt most prominently inland, where the mercury is expected to climb to around 38 degrees Celsius. Coastal regions in the southeast and east will see temperatures peaking at approximately 36 degrees Celsius, while the remaining coastal areas will experience around 35 degrees Celsius highs. Higher elevated areas can anticipate slightly milder temperatures, around 28 degrees Celsius.

As nightfall approaches, the weather will remain predominantly clear and calm. The prevailing winds will shift to blow from the northwest to the northeast, and on the northern coasts, they will veer to the southeast. The breezes will be gentle to moderate, ranging from 3 to 4 Beaufort. The sea will maintain a calm to a slightly turbulent state, with localized areas of increased turbulence in the west and north.

Temperatures will gradually ease in the evening, dropping to around 25 degrees Celsius inland, 26 degrees Celsius in the southeast and eastern coastal regions, approximately 22 degrees Celsius in the southwest and northern coastal areas, and 24 degrees Celsius along the western shores. Higher elevated regions can expect temperatures to dip to around 19 degrees Celsius.

Looking ahead, the relentless heatwave is set to persist, with predominantly sunny and hot weather forecasted for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Temperatures are expected to continue rising gradually until Friday, significantly surpassing the average climatic values for this time of year. However, on Saturday, only minor fluctuations in temperature are anticipated.

Residents are advised to stay hydrated, seek shade whenever possible, and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight during the peak hours of the day. It is also essential to check on vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and young children, ensuring they have access to proper cooling and hydration. Stay tuned to updates from the Meteorological Service and follow any necessary guidelines to stay safe during this prolonged period of extreme heat.

[Information sourced from Cyprus Met Service]

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