Egypt has been hit by low temperatures and sand on Monday that has turned the sky yellow in Cairo, with forecasters saying the sandstorm will subside in the capital on Tuesday.
"The sandstorm is expected to subside across the country on Tuesday, to be centered in southern parts of the city," Wahid Saudi, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA), told Ahram Online.
The bad weather, which has obscured vision on roads, has prompted many of the capital’s residents to stay home, resulting in moderate traffic in major thoroughfares in central Cairo, a traffic official said.
High temperatures in the middle and northern parts of the country have slumped to 14-15 degrees Celsius (57-59 Fahrenheit), with lows predicted to fall to 8-9 C (46-48 F). The southern governorates are a bit warmer, with highs of 18-19 (64-66 F).
The same temperatures are expected on Tuesday, with rain likely to fall on some parts of the country’s north coast and the Nile Delta, Saudi said.
Three flights travelling from the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah to Egypt's Borg Al-Arab and Cairo airports have been grounded due to the unstable weather, an aviation ministry official said.
Highly turbulent weather conditions, with waves of 3-4 metres high in the Mediterranean Sea, prompted authorities to shut down two ports in the coastal city of Alexandria late on Sunday.
The transport ministry said on Monday that it had closed off three Red Sea ports due to bad weather.