This has been the wettest winter that we’ve seen in Cyprus. After a relatively mild December the heavens opened and it feels like it hasn’t stopped raining since. It’s possible that we, living in a house with no internal stairs, feel this a little more than others.
It’s certainly true that our move from the municipality of Aradippou on the coastal plain up to our tiny village in the Troodos foothills has made a huge difference to our local weather. Summers are cooler and the air is fresher but winters are colder, occasionally seeing snow, and there is significantly more rain. The only heating in the house is from the open fire in the living room and this winter we’ve been working our way through a significant amount of logs. Even with the fire burning each evening the temperature in the living room rarely gets about 14° degrees (mid 50sF) and the upstairs which has no heating at all has been below 10° degrees (high 40s F) some evenings.
The rain (and thunderstorms and gale force winds) have been much talked about amongst the expat community. With each severe weather warning and subsequent torrential rainstorm questions have been raised about how full the dams might be and if it was possible that this year they might overflow again.
Today Asprokremmos dam, the second largest on the island, did for the first time in seven years.
The Cyprus Mail reported:
CONTINUING rainfall caused the Asprokremmos dam, the second largest on the island, to overflow yesterday. With a capacity of 52.4 million cubic meters, Asprokremmos last filled back in 2004. Reports said local residents were preparing to fire up their barbeques in celebration.
A Paphos expat was on hand to record the occasion; his video is available here.