November 17th, 2018

New heatwave to bake sweltering Cyprus

Another week of boiling weather set to begin, with forecasters predicting temperatures could rise as high as 41C in Nicosia tomorrow.

The entire island is already basking in "wall-to-wall sunshine” as a swathe of blistering hot air sweeps in – with the normally cooler western resort of Paphos set to experience temperatures of 39C on Monday.

The hot weather is fuelling a series of wildfires across the island, with 31 blazes reported in the last 24-hours.

Monday is a bank holiday in Cyprus, with much of the population expected to head to the coasts and resorts.

There will be some respite in the evenings as temperatures on the coast fall to around 24C.

The weather is set to return to seasonal norms by mid-week.

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