Temperatures in Cyprus are forecast to rise to 39°C inland on Monday before soaring past 40°C on Tuesday and Wednesday in what weather officials predict will be another hot week across the island.
On the south and east coasts on Monday, temperatures will reach 35°C, while the north and west coasts and mountains can look forward to a slightly cooler 32°C, according to the Meteorological Service’s official forecast for the day. The 32°C degrees in the mountains has led to a Yellow Warning being issued for the area, a usual practice when mountain temperatures rise above 31°C.
A rise in temperatures is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, which is expected to see mercury rise to 40°C and above inland, before an anticipated small drop from Thursday.
Meteorological Department official Panayiotos Georgiou on Monday told state radio the drop would see inland temperatures dropping to 36°C-37°C by Friday, close to the usual seasonal average for this time year. He also noted that coastal humidity levels were currently not particularly high.
Earlier this month saw some ten consecutive days of above 40°C temperatures inland, including the hottest July day on record in Cyprus reaching 45°C inland on Sunday, July 2.
The heat wave also contributed to the heat-related deaths of three elderly people with chronic health problems and saw at least another seven admitted to hospital.