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Yellow alert issued for stormy weather  

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More unsettled weather is on the way, with the met office issuing a new yellow alert, the second in as many days, warning of heavy thunderstorms, rain and the risk of hail.

Downpours in the Famagusta and Limassol districts on Thursday led to flooding of streets, with the fire service responding to numerous calls for help.

Limassol Municipality crews were today at work preparing for more problems, ahead of the warning issued by the met office. This is valid from 4 pm on Friday to 2 pm on Saturday.

“Isolated heavy thunderstorms are likely to affect mainly coastal areas, while tomorrow other areas are more likely to be affected as well. Shower rates may exceed 35mm per hour, with risk of hail,” the met office said.

And it added: “Be aware that thunderstorms may occur. Take extra care in exposed areas, like mountains, forest and open terrain. Disruption to outdoor activities is possible.”

In its weather forecast for this evening and tomorrow, the met office said that the low-pressure system affecting the area will gradually dissipate.

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with local rain and isolated thunderstorms, primarily in coastal areas. Thunderstorms may be accompanied by hail and strong winds. Temperatures will fall to 11C inland, around 13C on the coast and 5C in the mountains.

On Saturday there will be intervals of cloud and intervals of sunshine, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms that may be accompanied by hail. The weather will improve by the afternoon.

Temperatures will rise to 21C inland around 22C on the coast and 12C in the mountains.

Sunday will start off mainly fine but there will be high cloud at intervals later in the day.

Monday will be mainly fine as will Tuesday although on Tuesday afternoon and evening increased cloud may lead to isolated showers or thunderstorms.

Temperatures will edge up on Sunday remaining at the same levels at slightly above the seasonal average, at least inland and in the mountains.

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