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Rain, storms and strong winds for the coming days

2 January 2019 Latest News


Rain, storms and strong winds for the coming days

Rain and local storms continue to be the weather pattern for the rest of the week, while temperatures are expected to plunge on Sunday, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Isolated showers and local storms are expected on Thursday, accompanied by strong winds reaching near gale force.

The temperature is expected to reach 18 degrees Celsius inland and the coastal areas and 7C in the mountainous areas.

On Friday and Saturday isolated showers are expected. Later on Saturday there is a possibility of storms but also snow in the mountainous areas.

Local showers are also expected on Sunday but later in the day the bad weather should wane. Temperatures, however, are expected to plunge below seasonal average.

Due to the heavy rainfall of the past few days, the Tamassos reservoir located on the Pedieos river is expected to overflow soon, according to Kitasweather.com. Should this occur, Nicosia residents may see some serious water flowing in the Pedieos riverbed.

Average rainfall in December reached 169 per cent of normal for the season, or 178.4mm, according to preliminary data issued by the Met Office.

Average rainfall in the past 24 hours reached 20.2mm.

The heaviest rainfall was recorded at Paphos airport with 294mm, or 300 per cent, followed by Platania, 267.9mm, or 144 per cent of the normal for the season.

On Wednesday, the met office issued a yellow warning as the day saw storms accompanied by hail.

Roads from Karvounas to Troodos, Platres to Troodos, Platres to Trooditissa and Trooditissa to Prodromos and Troodos were closed because of heavy snowfall, police said, while others in the area where only open to vehicles with snow chains or four-wheel drive.

Police warned drivers that the old road from Akrounta to Dierona and the road from Prodromos to Lemythou are dangerous due to rock slides, as well as the roads from Paramytha to Kalo Horio, Kykkos to Kampos and Kampos to Orkonda.

Police urged people to avoid travelling to Troodos as heavy traffic in a relatively small area had created additional problems. On Wednesday, there were 25 centimetres of snow on the top of Mount Olympus and 15cm on Troodos square, according to the police.

In the north, the road linking Trikomo and Karpasia partially collapsed, disrupting traffic in the area. In Lithrangomi, a landslide blocked the road that links Vathilakas with other villages in the area.

 

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