Cold snap likely to abate soon
By Poly Pantelides
Published on February 4, 2011
ABNORMALLY cold weather is continuing in Cyprus with Nicosia claiming its coldest night this winter with 0.2 centigrade registered at the Athalassa weather station on Wednesday.
Tuesday had the lead only a day previously, with 1C. Temperatures have been as much as six degrees lower than the norm for this time of year, said Marios Theophilou, meteorological officer .
However, the chill is not record-breaking. In Nicosia, the coldest night, at a freezing minus 5.6C dates back to February, 1950.
The weather forecast speaks of possible stormy weather and rain in the next few days but it should clear up, with the temperatures rising by Sunday.
Snow is expected to fall in the mountains over the weekend on higher ground. Rainfall in January was satisfactory, with a 102 per cent, however over all this winter it’s lagging behind with only 60 per cent of the norm having fallen until now.
In addition, summers and winters are growing longer, trickling over the other two seasons. Theophilou said. “We seem to be having more extreme weather, such as hail, storms and the like”, he added. The weather prognostics officer, Haris Zachariades, said it was “very difficult and risky to draw conclusions from trends,” when asked whether winters and summers were likely to become more extreme in the future. “Longer-term weather report is still very uncertain and risky,” Zachariades added.
There are no longer-term weather forecasting facilities in Cyprus so the met office cannot predict the weather beyond a few days. To be able to do so, Cyprus would need to be a member of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The government could then use the organisation’s computing facilities and its information database to make longer-term plans. However, Turkey has been vetoing Cyprus’ membership to ECMWF, among other organisations, a September 2010 report from the Foreign Affairs Ministry reports. This means that Cyprus has only limited access to the centre’s information database and cannot use its medium-term weather forecasting facilities.
周二有一天只能导致以前，以1C。 气温一直高于每年这个时候规范多达6度低，说Marios Theophilou，气象人员。
此外，夏天和冬天越来越长，比其他两个赛季滴。 Theophilou说。 “我们似乎有更多的极端天气如冰雹，风暴之类的，”他补充说。 塞浦路斯天气预祝主任，哈里斯Zachariades说，这是“非常困难和危险的汲取趋势的结论，”当被问及是否冬季和夏季有可能成为在未来更极端。 “长期天气预报仍然是非常不确定的和冒险的，”Zachariades补充说。
不再有长期气象预报设施，以便在塞浦路斯气象局无法预测以后几天的天气。 为了能够这样做，塞浦路斯将需要为一个中期气象预报欧洲中心（ECMWF）的成员。 政府可以再使用该组织的计算设施和资料数据库，以较长远的计划。 然而，土耳其一直否决塞浦路斯籍欧洲中期天气预报中心等组织，2010年9月外交部报告的报告。 这意味着，塞浦路斯只有有限的访问中心的信息数据库，不能使用它的中期气象预报设施。