Cyprus Mail

Non-stop rain floods homes

MORE showers yesterday flooded a dozen homes and caused minor traffic accidents on slippery roads, with the met office forecasting more rain over the next few days through to Monday.

The Fire Department responded to about a dozen calls to pump out water from flooded basements in the Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta districts.

There was limited visibility due to heavy fog in the areas of Pedoulas, Kykkos, Kambos, Kakopetria and Karvounas, with police advising motorists to exercise particular caution.

Due to a car collision police temporarily cut off traffic on one lane of the Limassol to Nicosia highway, near the Larnaca junction. No injuries were reported. Because of the slippery roads, authorities are urging drivers over the next days to avoid speeding, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and make use of headlights.

The island is currently being affected by a low-pressure front moving through the region, with the Met issuing a “yellow alert” (heavy rainfall) to the Fire Department and Civil Defence.

More rainfall in the interior is forecast into the weekend, with a possibility of isolated thunderstorms and hail from Saturday to Monday.

Temperatures in the interior on Friday will reach a maximum of 20 degrees, eight degrees lower than average.

Rainfall by the morning yesterday registered 20.3mm, about 104 per cent of the average rainfall for the month of May.

According to the Met, the best May on record was in 2006, with 82.9mm of rainfall; the worst was in 1941 with zero rainfall.

The late spring showers come after a dry winter. Dam capacity is at around 50 per cent, but this is due to excellent rainfall over the previous two years.

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