Phew what a scorcher!

I remember such headlines as a child in my father’s Daily Mirror. In the UK they were referring to temperatures approaching 30oC, 80oF in old money. The newspapers in Cyprus, however, were talking about a new record high in Lefkosa. Sunday’s temperature,  45.6oC (114oF), was the highest recorded since the beginning the 1900s.

Possibly worse was the overnight temperature, at 29oC, seven degrees above the norm. Those without air-conditioning, perhaps relying on a fan, found little relief moving hot air round the bedroom. Added to this was a humidity level of 95% and sometimes as high as 100%. Thankfully, temperatures are expected to return to normal from tomorrow.

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