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Heatwave continues throughout Cyprus, orange warning in effect

Temperatures on Friday are expected to reach 44 degrees Celsius as an orange warning comes into effect at 1100.

The heatwave in the Mediterranean island continues today with the orange warning until 17.00. Inland maximum temperature is expected to rise to around 44 degrees Celsius and to around 32 degrees Celsius over the higher mountainous areas.

In a separate press release, the Forestry Department highlighted the “red alert” for forest fires also on Friday. It reminded the citizens that it is forbidden to light a fire without a permit and this is an offense which, under the Forest Law, is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years or fine up to €50,000 or both penalties running concurrently. Moreover, the Prevention of Fires in the Countryside Law provides for up to 5 years or a 20,000 fine or both sentences together.

Lighting of fire for food purposes is allowed only in designated picnic areas. The Forestry Department has urged the public to be extremely vigilant and to completely avoid activities likely to cause a fire, such as using tools or agricultural machinery that produce heat, sparks or flame, such as electric saws, welding and electric welding.

Citizens should call 1407 or 112 in case of smoke or fire.