It will be a true ‘Kataklysmos’ (flooding) holiday for Cyprus, as the Genesis storm which moved from Greece (where it caused severe flooding in the north) carries rain, storms and hail, damping today’s Holy Spirit celebration and expected to persist at least until Thursday, albeit weakening from Wednesday onwards.
The low pressure system is expected to reach peak levels tomorrow, with temperatures dropping up to five degrees Celsius below the seasonal average.
The Met Office told Philenews that the system will be affecting the island as of this afternoon, becoming more intense tomorrow, before weakening on Thursday and clearing out by the weekend.
Isolated showers and storms are expected early afternoon mainly inland, the southeast and over the mountains, with hail in some areas.
The same pattern will persist until Wednesday mostly inland and over the mountains, as temperatures recover by Thursday.
Winds this afternoon will start out light to moderate westerly to southwesterly, force three to four, turning strong force five in windward regions, over slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will rise to 30 degrees Celsius inland, 28 over the southern and eastern coastal regions, 26 on the rest of the coastal areas and 20 on the mountains.
Isolated showers this evening mainly in the west and north, over calm to slight seas in the east, south and north and moderate in the west.
Temperatures will drop to 19 degrees Celsius inland, 20 over the southern and eastern coastal regions, 21 in the rest of the coastal areas and 11 on the mountains.
Isolated showers and storms tomorrow, with the possibility of hail.
Wednesday will also see storms, mostly inland and over the mountains in the early afternoon, clearing out initially on Thursday, with showers later in the day.