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Unsettled weather to clear up by weekend (Updated)

Hailstorms, heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected on Thursday and Friday, while temperatures are going to drop by 4C on Thursday, reaching just 22C.

According to met officer Panayiotis Georgiou, strong winds are also likely.

Starting from Saturday, temperatures will rise and the possibility of storms and rains are going to lessen, he said.

Meanwhile, the fire service and the electricity authority reported they are ready to deal with any incidents which may occur.

Spokesman of the fire service Andreas Kettis said the service is in close contact with the met office, following the developments.

“We receive bulletins at regular intervals. As a result, the fire brigade is on alert and is taking additional measures at the moment.”

He added off-duty will staff will also be brought in to help if needed.

In the last 24 hours, the fire service was called to help in six cases, with draining rainwater from buildings, putting out a fire caused by lightning and moving a fallen tree from a car.

Christina Papadopoulou, spokeswoman of the EAC, said two faults were reported in the Nicosia district, one in Denia and one in Astromeritis.

She said these have been fixed, with the exception of a small number of buildings in Denia, where staff is still working to repair the damage.

Commenting on an electricity cut in Kolossi, she explained there was a planned power cut to fix the network, because Tuesday’s lightning struck the same line twice, causing damage.

All EAC work crews are ready to handle any incidents, regardless of the weather conditions, Papadopoulou added.

“Because the weather is so intense, whatever measures the EAC takes, unfortunately the thunderstorms are sometimes so strong that it is inevitable that these damages will occur. These intense weather events have been occurring in recent years. There is nothing else we can do that we are not doing,” she said.

Temperatures will rise to 25C in most area and 16C in the mountains on Wednesday.

They are expected to drop to 17C inland and in coastal areas and 9C around Troodos at night.

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