Two warnings, an orange alert for extreme high temperature and a red warning for fires, have been issued for Cyprus as a heat burst on Friday is expected to take its toll on the island.
Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 43 degrees Celsius inland on Friday, with an orange level warning in effect through the afternoon at 5pm. The orange warning reflects extreme highs also expected to reach 35 degrees high up in the mountains.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the core body temperature reaches 40C or higher
Forestry department officials also issued a red alert for risk of wildfires on Friday, urging the public to follow instructions, cooperate with authorities, and refrain from activities that may cause fires.
Officials are asking people who detect smoke or fire to call immediately 1407 (Forestry department) or 112 (Fire Department).
On the weekend, afternoon clouds are expected over local areas along with a gradual drop in temperature, with Monday levels getting very close to normal averages for this time of the year.
Members of the public should keep in mind that heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the core body temperature reaches 40C (104F) or higher.
Symptoms can include confusion, altered speech, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and a racing heartbeat, among others. Heatstroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs that can result in death.