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Authorities urge caution as bad weather continues (Update 3)

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THE Authorities are urging the public to be extra careful when travelling as severe weather conditions are making many roads dangerous.

Due to heavy rain and dense fog, visibility is limited in Kalo Horio in the Limassol district, in Platres, Troodos and Machairas.

Mud and rock slides have been reported in the roads connecting Farmakas, Apliki, Palaichori, Askas, Fterikoudi, Alona, Platanistasa, Livadia, Alithinou, Lagoudera, Saranti and the Gerasa-Kalo Horio road.

Roads in these areas are open but dangerous, police said. They added that the road surfaces in several mountainous areas are slippery due to frost.

Occasional heavy rain and thick fog is also limiting visibility elsewhere.

The following roads are only open for vehicles with four-wheel drive or snow chains:

Karvounas – Troodos, Platres – Troodos, Pera Pedi – Troodos, Panayia – Kykkos

Police urged drivers to be extra careful, drive slowly, maintain safe distances from vehicles ahead, and keep the headlights of their cars on where necessary.

Also, when planning to drive out of town, especially in mountainous areas, the public are advised to check updates on road conditions.

The latest information can be found on the police app, in Greek (‘Cyprus Police’ in App store and Google Play) under the category ‘Road Network’.

According to the Met Office, a low pressure front is currently affecting the entire island bringing cloud and rain in most areas. Snow and sleet has fallen in the higher mountain areas.

The highest temperatures on Monday were 13 degrees Celsius inland, 16 in the west, around 15 on the east coast and four degrees in Troodos.

On Monday night, local showers and isolated thunderstorms were likely, with sleet on the Troodos mountain. On Monday night the temperature was expected to drop to seven degrees inland, nine to eleven on the coast and zero on the higher mountains, where frost is expected.

On Tuesday, the weather will be cloudy and there may be some local showers, according to the met office. It will be slightly warmer.

Mostly fine weather with cloudy intervals is expected on Wednesday, with another slight increase in temperatures.

Temperatures will remain about the same on Thursday, and it is going to be mainly cloudy. Some local showers are likely.

On Sunday, the fire service responded to two calls where fires were caused by problems with fireplaces.

In the afternoon, two fire engines were used to extinguish a fire in a private house in Tala, Paphos.

“The cause of the fire which caused much damage to the wooden roof of the house was the faulty installation of the fireplace chimney,” the fire service said in a statement.

In the evening, there was a fire in the chimney of a fireplace in a Limassol residence.

It was caused by a blockage due to accumulated waste and didn’t cause further damage.

 

 

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