Cyprus Mail

Second rainiest winter for more than a hundred years

Heavy rain made the bridge in Chlorakas impassable at one point (Bejay Browne)

The amount of rainfall since October last year is the second-best to date for the first seven months of a hydrological year since 1901, the Met service said on Tuesday.

The service said it expected the figures to improve significantly in favour of 2019 since the month was not yet over and a lot of rain was expected until the end of the period.

The Met said it expects the 2019 season come close to 1968-1969, which boasts the most rainfall during the particular period.

The seven-month period of 1968/69 saw 775.6mm against 724.9mm so far between October 2018 and April 7, 2019.

Total rainfall in 2018/19 so far has been exceptional when compared with previous years, ranking fourth overall with around six months to go until September, the service said.

In the same statement, the service said in the next two weeks the Eastern Mediterranean region was expected to see rainfall that will be higher than the normal for the season.

There was also a possibility of local floods caused by the phenomena across the entire region.

The main characteristic was the creation of a low-pressure weather system forming in the Aegean Sea and moving east. It was expected to affect Cyprus in the next hours, the Met said.

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