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Unsettled conditions and elevated dust levels persist

Changing clouds, isolated showers, and temperature fluctuations in the coming days

Ioanna Kyriakou

The prevailing unstable weather conditions in Cyprus show no signs of subsiding, according to Kleanthis Nicolaides, the Director of the Meteorological Service, in an interview with K. He stated that the fluctuations will persist until Tuesday, with isolated showers expected on Sunday and Monday. There is also a possibility of rain on Friday (02/06), although temperatures will rise. Specifically, the interior will experience temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius, the coast 30 degrees Celsius, and the higher mountains 23 degrees Celsius, which is above normal for this season. However, by Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the temperature will slightly decrease and reach the seasonal average. Nicolaides explained that the weather's volatility is most noticeable during midday and afternoon hours, caused by low-pressure systems moving into the Cyprus region.

Regarding the dust situation, Mr. Nicolaides mentioned that the levels of suspended particles are currently within normal range. However, scattered dust is expected to affect the area until Saturday, with occasional elevated concentrations. The source of the dust, he added, is North Africa, where weather conditions are lifting the dust particles and transporting them to Cyprus. "The source of the dust remains active, which is why we experience periodic episodes of dust," he further explained.

The current weather conditions are influenced by a weak low-pressure system in the region, resulting in suspended dust in the atmosphere until Saturday. There may be times when concentrations of dust are higher.

During the afternoon, expect an increase in medium to high clouds, which may bring light showers primarily in the mountains. Winds will be from the southeast to southwest, light to moderate, ranging from 3 to 4 on the Beaufort scale. The sea conditions will be slightly rough.

For tonight, the weather will be partly cloudy with mainly high clouds. Winds will gradually shift to mainly northeast to southeast, remaining light with occasional moderate gusts, around 3 to 4 on the Beaufort scale. The sea conditions will remain slightly rough. Temperature-wise, expect a drop to 16 degrees Celsius inland, around 20 degrees Celsius on the coast, and 13 degrees Celsius in the higher mountains.

Tomorrow's weather will be partly cloudy with the presence of medium to high clouds and the possibility of isolated showers. Winds will be from the northeast to southeast, moderate to strong, ranging from 4 to 5 on the Beaufort scale. The sea conditions will be choppy to rough. Temperatures will rise to 33 degrees Celsius inland (west and north), around 30 degrees Celsius on the south and east coast, and 23 degrees Celsius in the higher mountains.

On Saturday, expect mostly clear skies with some passing clouds. As we move into Sunday and Monday, there will be an increase in cloud cover, leading to isolated showers primarily in the mountains and inland areas.

Over the next three days, temperatures will slightly decrease, reaching close to average climatic values.


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