Extremely hot temperatures have arrived along with the start of the new month, promoting Cyprus’ Meteorological Department to issue a yellow warning.
Speaking to state radio on Monday, official Iasonas Christodoulou said inland temperatures of between 39°C and 41°C were expected to persist until and including Thursday.
According to the official forecast for the day, inland temperatures will on Monday reach 41°C on Monday, 33°C on the west coast and 35°C on all the other coasts, and 30°C in the mountains.
According to the Department, a yellow warning means that the public should be aware that high temperatures are expected. Some health risks amongst vulnerable people e.g. the elderly and very young are possible.
When temperatures soar, the public is advised to take all the necessary precautions and should:
Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun and heavy exercise, and shady areas should be preferred. It is also advisable to avoid crowded areas.
Wear light clothing and make use of a hat and sunglasses if you are to be exposed to the sun.
Avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeine, and heavy foods which contain fats, seasonings, and chocolate.
Drink plenty of water.
Use a fan or air-conditioner during the hottest parts of the day, while it is best to keep windows open during the night.
Have regular lukewarm showers during the day.
People with respiratory or heart-related problems should consult their doctors in case they need to take additional precautions.
Sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly and pregnant women should take particular care.