High temperatures and danger of forest fires persist in Cyprus on Thursday

Extremely high temperatures are expected to persist in Cyprus on Thursday with the Department of Meteorology issuing an “orange warning” and the Forests Department warning that the danger of forest fires continues to be very high urging people to avoid any activities outdoors that may cause a fire.


According to the Meteorology Department`s press release, temperatures between 1100 hours and 1700 hours may climb up to 41 degrees Celsius inland and 35 degrees in the highest mountains peaks.


It warns that high temperatures may cause problems among vulnerable groups of people and urges the public to follow authorities` instructions.


At the same time the Forests Department has issued a new “red alert” warning about the danger of forest fires.


It stresses that lighting fires without a permit is an offence according to the relevant legislation punishable with up to ten years in prison and / or a fine of up to €50,000. Lighting fires to prepare food is only allowed in the specified barbecue spots of picnic areas.


People are urged to be particularly careful during their outings and to fully avoid actions or activities which may cause a fire.


Anyone who becomes aware of smoke or fire is asked to contact 1407 (Forests Department) or 112 (Fire Service).


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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