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October rainfall only 14 per cent of seasonal levels

Rain this month was only at 14 per cent of the seasonal levels, with most of it recorded in the past couple of days, according to data from the meteorological department on Friday.

According to the met service, between October 1 and 29, the total average rainfall was just 4.5 millimetres (mm), compared with 32.7mm – the seasonal average based on historic data (1961- 1990).

Most of the rain, 3mm, was recorded in the last couple of days, it said.

The highest rainfall for the month was recorded in Frenaros, where the total amounted to 59 per cent of the normal of the month, while the lowest percentage was recorded at the stations of the new port of Limassol and Paphos airport with just 1 per cent.

In Prodromos, where the highest rainfall is usually recorded, it reached only 22 per cent of normal levels so far this month.

Isolated rain and storms are expected over the weekend and Monday. On Saturday, this concerns inland and the mountainous areas, but in the next two days this weather pattern is expected in many areas. An improvement is expected from Tuesday afternoon on.

Temperatures on Saturday are to rise to 27 degrees Celsius inland and the coast and 17C in the mountainous areas. According to the met service the temperature is not expected to change significantly from Tuesday and is to remain slightly above seasonal.

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