Although it's still too early to say for sure whether or not Cyprus will be having a white Christmas, snow—including lowland snowfall—is expected as early as tomorrow. Speaking to The Cyprus Daily on Monday, Meteorological Service official Panagiotis Georgiou said Tuesday would, following lower temperatures since the weekend, see the start of another marked change in the weather.
"There will be localised rainfall with the weather worsening on Wednesday with heavier rain and snow, even on the lowland and mainly Nicosia," Georgiou said.
With temperatures due to fall, Thursday's weather will be milder but with localised showers.
"After something of a break on Thursday, more intense weather phenomena will return on Friday including rain and possibly snow," Georgiou said.
The Weather Service confirmed that temperatures were lower than usual for this time of year and that snow, particularly on the lowlands, in early December was also rare.
Temperatures fell to -2°C in the mountains on Monday night, 5°C inland and 6°C on the coasts. Today, Tuesday, maximum temperatures are expected to reach 5°C in the mountains, 15°C inland and 17°C on the coast.
While there has been more rain over the last few days than last month, official figures released on Monday noted that only 20% of the usual average rainfall for this time of year had fallen.
November was one of the decade's worst in terms of rainfall. Only November 2010 was drier.