The Forestry Department on Thursday issued a red alert, warning of the high risk of forest fires because of extremely high temperatures.
It came as the met office issued its own yellow alert warning that temperatures will remain stuck at 41 C inland on Thursday, with the extremely high temperatures expected to continue on Friday.
In an announcement, the Forestry Department stressed that the burning of grass, branches and refuse was prohibited, while the use of equipment that create sparks should be avoided. Special attention should be paid to exhaust fumes from electricity generators and water pumps in the countryside.
Anyone who sees smoke or fire near or in a forest is urged to immediately contact the Forestry Department (1407) or the fire service (112).