With the first fatality attributed to the weekend’s soaring temperatures, people across Cyprus are being urged to be extremely careful as temperatures are expected to rise during the week.
Temperatures already hit to 43°C inland on Monday, 38°C along the eastern, southern and northern coastlines and 35°C on the west coast and the Troodos Mountains.
With the island’s capital set to experience the highest temperatures, the Nicosia Municipality has opened its Multipurpose Centre downtown near Famagusta Gate on 40 Nikiforou Foka Street to the public.
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The centre operates a relief facility with climate-controlled rooms, which people can visit between 7.30am and 6pm. The facility has trained staff offering cool drinks and a nice place to escape from the heat and cool down.
The public should take the following precautions:
- Prefer areas with shade. Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun and heavy exercise while it is also advisable to avoid crowded areas.
- Wear light clothing and make use of a hat and sunglasses if you are to be exposed to the sun.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeine, and heavy foods which contain fats, seasonings, and chocolate.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t forget that pets also need to have access to fresh, clean, cool water at all times.
- Use a fan or air-conditioner during the hottest parts of the day, while it is best to keep windows open during the night.
- Take plenty of showers during the day.
- People with respiratory or heart-related problems should consult their doctors in case they need to take additional precautions.
- Vulnerable groups such as young children, the elderly and pregnant women should take particular care.