Stormy weather alert

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for persistent rainy weather as a low-pressure system moves across the island.

A warning for severe thunderstorms came into effect from 5 am on Monday until 7 pm.

Yellow warnings are issued for conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population but only to those exposed to the prevailing weather.

Weather observers KitasWeather said the atmospheric conditions would trigger heavy thunderstorms.

According to the Department of Meteorology, the intensity of the rain is expected to vary between 35 and 50 millimetres per hour, with the possibility of hail.

“The hazards that arise during this type of storm warning are heavy rainfall, very strong gusty winds and hail up to and/or over 2cm in diameter with the possibility of sleet,” warned KitasWeather.

“Isolated flooding, power outages, damage to crops and property are also likely, while the public is advised to take extra care not to put themselves at risk”.

According to the Met Office, storms will subside during the evening, with some isolated showers later.

Maximum temperatures on Monday will rise to 21C inland and on the coast and 11C on the highest mountains.

Night temperatures will drop to 7C inland and 10C on the coast, and 4C on the highest mountains.

On Tuesday, the weather will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. On the highest peaks of Troodos, sleet or even snow may fall.

From Wednesday to Thursday, it will be partly cloudy with some showers.

Temperatures will fluctuate but remain above the seasonal average.