A yellow warning issued by the Department of Meteorology has been in effect since Thursday morning, due to expected rain and possible isolated strong storms.
According to the announcement, the warning is valid from 6 am on Thursday, January 12 and for 24 hours. During this period, “a combination of rain and possible isolated strong storms is expected to affect the area”, the announcement states.
It is added that the total rainfall may locally exceed 55 millimeters per twenty-four hours.
The weather forecast
A barometric low is affecting the region. Today, the weather will be mostly cloudy with local rain, isolated thunderstorms and snow or sleet in the higher mountains. Winds will be mainly southeast to south, light to moderate, 3 to 4 and transient to strong 4 to 5 Beaufort. The sea will be very rough. The temperature will rise to around 19 degrees on the south-eastern coasts, around 17 in the interior and on the northern coasts, around 18 on the rest of the coasts and around 7 degrees in the higher mountains.
Tonight, local showers or isolated storms are expected, which will later be mainly confined to the coast. Snow will fall in the higher mountains. Winds will be mainly northeast to southeast light 3 and transient to moderate 3 to 4 Beaufort. The sea will later become a little rough and in the west up to rough. The temperature will drop to around 7 degrees in the interior, around 11 on the coasts and around zero degrees in the higher mountains.
On Friday, isolated showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected, as well as snow or sleet in the higher mountains. Local showers are expected on Sunday. The temperature will be low, to be near the average climatological values.
On Saturday, isolated showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected, as well as snow or sleet in the higher mountains. The temperature will be low, to be close to the average climatic values.
Local rains are expected on Sunday. The temperature will rise slightly.
Dense fog prevails in the area of Platron – Troodos.
In a statement, the Police urges drivers traveling in the area to be especially careful.
Severe weather phenomena in Limassol
Heavy rains in several areas of Limassol, while in some areas there was hail.
Severe weather in Paphos with landslides in places on the roads
Severe weather phenomena are prevailing in Paphos district with intense and prolonged rainfall at intervals.
According to an announcement by the Communication Branch of the Police Headquarters, landslides of large amounts of soil and stones occurred in Paphos district, in places on the roads of Kelokedari-Salami and Arminou- Filousas.
The police advise drivers to pay particular attention, since due to the rains that occurred last night, the road surface may be slippery water in places where there is accumulation of water.
In addition, the Police recommends caution to those who will be driving on the road network, who are asked to observe the road traffic code and traffic signals, to avoid road collisions.