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Snow flurries in Cyprus

10 January 2013

For probably the first time ever, snow has fallen in the holiday hot spot of Ayia Napa and surrounding villages. The brief flutter which started at 11.50, lasted for twenty minutes.

A major drop in temperatures across the island has also seen snowfalls and freezing conditions on the mountains and the central plains.

Today is expected to be the coldest day of the week and in the South, police have advised drivers that access to Troodos is possible only for four wheel drive vehicles or cars with snow chains. The depth of snow on Mount Olympus is 20 centimeters with 10cm in Troodos square.

The Kyrenia mountain range and Nicosia also saw light snowfall yesterday as North Cyprus experienced the cold snap.

“Most of Cyprus and the south-eastern Mediterranean has been affected by a low pressure weather-front which has brought with it rain and storms,” a meteorologist has said. “The front has moved north-easterly meaning Cyprus is being affected by the colder part of it, resulting in a fall in temperatures. There have been no rain storms because clouds cannot develop at low grounds, although light rain and snowfall can occur above heights of 3500 to 4000 feet,”  he added.

 

 

 

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