The rain and hail storms around much of Cyprus on Tuesday resulted in the Fire Service being called out some 53 times, mainly in the Nicosia district and in Lakatamia and Archangelos in particular.
Most of the calls for help were related to flooded roads and underpasses as well as trapped cars and flooded basements. The police was also called in to contribute to the efforts.
Fire Service spokesman Leonidas Leonidou said 45 of the 53 calls for assistance had been in Nicosia, five in Limassol and three in Larnaca.
He said the most serious cases involved water collecting on Lemesou and Spyros Kyprianou avenues as well as on the Nicosia to Limassol highway between the Kalispera traffic lights and the Tseri exit.
The police also closed three roads in Lakatamia – Ayios Demetrianos, Ayios Ioannis and Ioannis Kapodistrias – and one in Strovolos, namely Alexander the Great Street, which includes the small bridge over the Pediaios River following concerns for the safety of drivers using them.
Also in Lakatamia, meanwhile, pupils were unable to cross the flooded street outside the V Primary School until the Fire Service and police stepped in to assist them.
A man and his dog, meanwhile, were trapped in their car for three hours after getting stuck in a flooded road as they went out to fetch the man’s wife from work.
Small landslides were also reported in a number of areas.
According to the Meteorological Service, the weather is expected to improve from Wednesday with temperatures gradually rising to reach 29 °C inland by Friday.
Wednesday temperatures are anticipated to reach 24 °C inland, 22 °C on the coast and 12 °C in the mountains, all around the usual average for this time of year.
However, localised showers have been forecast and...