Average maximum temperatures in July were the hottest recorded in Cyprus for more than 30 years.
According to an official announcement on Wednesday: “In July 2017 extremely high temperatures were recorded all over Cyprus.”
“Specifically, the mean provisional daily maximum temperatures of Nicosia, Prodromos, Paphos, Larnaca and Paralimni are a record of high temperatures of July and rank July 2017 as the hottest for at least the last 30 years,” it added.
Temperatures in July reached a high of 45°C in Nicosia with the official measurement at the city’s Athalassa measuring station 39.3°C. In Paphos the highest temperature for the month it was 32.2°C and in Aradippou near Larnaca it was 36.5°C.
Last month included the hottest July day on record in Cyprus, 45°C on Sunday, July 2.
The highest maximum temperature on record in Cyprus was 45.6 °C recorded at Athalassa in Nicosia on August 1, 2010.
Extreme heat in July contributed to the deaths of three elderly people with chronic health problems and the hospitalisation of at least seven more.
The Meteorological Department’s outlook for Thursday forecasts temperatures rising to 36°C inland, 33°C on the south and east coasts, 30°C on the north and west coasts and 28°C in the mountains.
The weather will be mainly fine but isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday, followed by isolated showers on Saturday and Sunday.
On Wednesday temperatures reach 39°C inland, between 32°C and 34°C on the coasts, and 31°C in the mountains.