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20 May, 2024
 
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Heavy rains and hail sweep across Cyprus

Cyprus braces for severe weather

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Cyprus is currently facing the brunt of severe weather conditions, with heavy rains and hail wreaking havoc in various regions.

The Meteorological Service issued a yellow warning late Sunday, signaling the arrival of strong thunderstorms that are expected to persist until Monday evening.

  

Rainfall intensity is predicted to fluctuate between 35 and 55 millimeters per hour, with the added threat of hail. As citizens take to social media to share images and videos of the weather's impact, it's evident that inland and mountainous areas are bearing the brunt of the storm.

Troodos, in particular, was transformed into a winter wonderland as hail blanketed the region earlier in the afternoon.

The adverse weather has significantly affected road conditions, especially in urban areas of Nicosia and along major highways like the Nicosia-Limassol and Nicosia-Kokkinotrimithia routes. The slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility have led to disruptions in traffic flow.

Authorities are urging caution for motorists, advising them to drive at safe speeds, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and keep their headlights on for visibility. The police are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to assist drivers if needed.

  

Looking ahead, the weather forecast indicates that the unstable conditions are expected to persist until tomorrow. While this afternoon will see mostly cloudy skies with localized showers and thunderstorms, tomorrow will bring more of the same, with temperatures gradually rising.

Despite the challenges posed by the severe weather, residents are advised to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

With the support of meteorological services and law enforcement agencies, Cyprus is weathering the storm and preparing for brighter days ahead.

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