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Snow in Cyprus

Updated on February 6, 2017
Snow and Hail Falls in Cyprus 2012
Snow and Hail Falls in Cyprus 2012 | Source

Snow In Cyprus

I have lived in Cyprus for over seven years and initially moved here on the claims of holiday brochures about 350 days of sunshine.

Well for the first few years I think uninterrupted we might have had 300 days of sunshine and then thereafter possibly 250.

The weather in Cyprus always used to be fairly kind in the fact that if it rained or high winds prevailed, they would normally happen at night or during the early hours of the morning. So, when you woke up in Cyprus in the morning you were blessed with a sunny and warm day ahead of you. This was generally the same during a Cyprus winter, many a sunny Christmas Eve’s day we would take the dogs for a walk near the beaches of Ayia Napa or Protaras or around the centre of Pernera and Kapparis.

But that has all changed recently, many a winter’s day in Cyprus has proven to be very dull, rainy and extremely cold. So not being a weatherman or a reader of the future, my gut instinct says we should be in for a blazing hot summer!

On the 28th February 2012 the most extreme weather ever hit in Cyprus with hail stones the size of walnuts, torrential rain storms and really strong icy cold winds battering the little Mediterranean island. This happened in Paphos, Limassol, Paralimni, Nicosia and Larnaca which was actually the worst hit.

I have never seen hailstones like it in my life, my wife was driving on the Larnaca to Dhekelia road when the hailstones began to fall from the sky and she had to pull her car over as she couldn’t see a thing. The temperature dropped from 12c to a staggering 4c in 5 seconds!

You remember the sound of rain on a caravan or tin roof, take that noise and times it by a hundred and my wife was not only defend but also very concerned about the condition the Chevorlet’s roof would be left in afterwards.

Around lunchtime the hailstones hit the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia but fortunately without damage.

The emergency services were extremely busy dealing with flooding of basements and streets, rescuing drivers trapped in the aftermath of the flooding and closing roads that has suffered small landslides.

The weather centre in Cyprus issued a yellow state of warning which is the condition used to alert the islands occupants of high winds.

Interestingly enough this is the first time in 13 years that Cyprus has had weather as extreme as this and in a leap year too!

Fortunately, now on the second day of March 2012 the winds have subsided slightly and the temperatures have risen slightly to between 9c-10c and only a 0c temperature on Troodos Mountains.

So, when you are sunning yourself on your summer holidays to Cyprus, please keep in mind, we the (locals and expats) are just as pleased to see the Sun as you are this year.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Snow is very rare in Cyprus, quite magical when you see it :) great hub