November 20th, 2017

Heatwave blasts Cyprus, code yellow warning issued

Heat wave conditions will prevail from today until Friday across Cyprus, with the temperature expected to reach 41 degrees Celsius inland later.

The weather bureau has issued a code yellow alert for this evening on the coast, reports State TV.

A code yellow means: "The weather is potentially dangerous. The weather phenomena that have been forecast are not unusual, but be attentive if you intend to practice activities exposed to meteorological risks. Keep informed about the expected meteorological conditions and do not take any avoidable risks."

The heat could have health impacts, causing dehydration and exhaustion, particularly in people over age 65, infants and young children, people with medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, asthma or respiratory conditions.

People who have been consuming caffeine or alcohol are also at a higher risk of dehydration, public health officials said.

Source: Famagusta-Gazette