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Recent rain not enough but no summer water cuts on the cards

WATER cuts for the summer are highly unlikely despite the insufficient rainfall, said Faidros Roussis, a high ranking official of the Water Development Department.

According to figures released by the WDD, when it comes to rainfall, December 2013 is considered the fourth worst ever recorded. Two and a half million cubic meters of water flowed in the dams, a 47 per cent of the expected rainfall yield for December. “December is traditionally the month with the most rainfall. If January doesn’t exceed expectations, we may have problems,” said Roussis.

Asked on whether that meant water cuts for the summer, Roussis replied that that was highly unlikely. “That is a last resort,” the Water Development Department official said.

The lowest rainfall ever recorded for a December was in 1990, when only half a million cubic meters of water flowed in the dams.
The weather service is predicting no rainfall for the next two days although it has rained non-stop for the past two days in parts of the island.

Cyprus is however due to return its usual mild winter weather, after a weekend of heavy rainfall and low temperatures, according to the weather service.

Temperatures today will climb to 14C late in the morning while the weather is expected to be mainly cloudy but with no prediction of rainfall. According to the weather service, it’s only expected to rain in the Troodos mountain region.

As for New Year’s, things are looking up for those interested in going for a trip. Weather will be partly cloudy throughout the day and temperature will rise even more, at 17C degrees, two degrees higher than average.

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