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Extreme heat continues in Cyprus on Thursday, red alert in place for forest fires

Extreme heat is expected to continue to affect Cyprus on Thursday, while the danger of forest fires is on “red alert”.

In particular, the Department of Meteorology issued yesterday a high temperature warning which is valid from 1300 until 1600 local time today. The awareness level is yellow.

The maximum temperature at inland areas is expected to be around 41 degrees Celsius and around 33 degrees Celsius over Troodos highest peaks.

Meanwhile the Department of Forests has announced that the danger for forest fires to break out and extend will remain at “Red Alert” level.

It is prohibited to light fire without permission. Offenders will be punished according to the Law for the Forests with up to 10 years imprisonment or a 50,000 Euros fine or both penalties and according to the law for Preventing Fires in Rural Areas with up to 5 years imprisonment or a 20,000 Euros fine or both penalties.

The public is asked to be really careful while visiting the forests and rural areas, refraining from any activities that may cause fire.

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