A yellow warning has been issued for Cyprus due to extreme high temperatures in the interior, but officials say a slight rise expected in the coming days is not expected to cause more discomfort.
Thursday skies will be mostly clear but afternoon cloud formations later in the day could bring low chances of mountain showers as well as rain south and southeast of the Troodos Mountain Range.
A yellow waning for the interior of the island was issued for Thursday afternoon, between 1pm and 5pm, due to extreme high inland temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius.
Weather official Panayiotis Mouskos told Knews that temperatures could rise further inland, as the current system develops, but Friday temperatures were expected to top at 42 maximum.
Intense heat in the plains but humidity stays low
“We’ll have a heat low out in the plains during the hot hours of the day, like most days now,” Mouskos said, adding that the thermal low, essentially intense heating near the surface, was not expected to cause additional discomfort due to low humidity in the interior.
Temperature highs will reach 41 degrees in the interior, 34 in the south and east, around 32 in the north and out west, while it will be 31 high up in the mountains.
Stargazing enthusiasts can expect to see batches of shooting stars, known as Perseids, as late in the evening as possible, but still before moonrise
Evening weather will be mostly clear with temperature lows dropping to 24 degrees in the interior, in the north as well as out west, around 25 in the south and east, while it will be 20 high up in the mountains.
Friday and Saturday weather will be mostly clear with slight temperature rises expected Friday, with overall levels reaching above normal averages for this time of the year.
Humidity levels are expected to remain low for the rest of the week, throughout the weekend, and possibly even Monday according to Mouskos, with typical levels around 20% inland and 50 to 60 per cent in coastal areas.
Stargazing enthusiasts can expect to see batches of shooting stars, known as Perseids, as late in the evening as possible, but still before moonrise.
While the peak of the summer meteor shower was earlier this week, the phenomenon continues until August 24.