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Yellow warning for weather, red alert for fires as high temperatures continue

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Inland temperatures on Monday are expected to reach 41C as the island prepares for another yellow weather warning for high temperatures and red warning for fires.

According to the weather forecast, the temperature elsewhere is set to reach around 31C in the west and southwest coast and 33C in the remaining coast and mountains.

After lunchtime, the weather may turn cloudy with the possibility of isolated showers. Storms can not be excluded in mountainous areas or even inland in the afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to cool down as of Tuesday but still remain higher than average, whereas on Wednesday, the weather will be within average temperatures. Between Tuesday and Thursday, the weather will be cloudy in the afternoons with the possibility of isolated rains or storm in mountains or in certain areas inland.

The forestry department also issued a red warning alert, the highest risk of a fire starting.

In an announcement, the department said lighting a fire without necessary permission and throwing cigarette butts or lit matchsticks in or within 2km from state forests is forbidden and constitutes an offence.

Fires are only permitted in special barbecue spots at campsites.

The forestry department called on the public to be careful and vigilant. Anyone who sees smoke or fire can call the forestry department on 1407 or the fire service on 112.

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