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Egypt closes ports due to bad weather conditions

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Jan 2019
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Egyptian authorities temporarily shut down on Thursday two major ports on the Mediterranean Sea due to bad weather, including strong winds and three-metre-high waves, a spokesman said.

The ports of Alexandria and Dekheila in Alexandria governorate have been closed to “ensure the safety of maritime navigation” and prevent ship collision, said Reda Ghandour, a spokesman for the Alexandria Port Authority.

The port of Nuweiba in the South Sinai governorate was also shut down at 11am local time, the Red Sea Ports Authority said.

The head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority Ahmed Abdel-Aal said in TV comments on Thursday that active winds in the capital Cairo, Nile Delta and the north of the country are stirring sand and dust, leading to a sandstorm in the Western Desert and cities along the northwestern coast.

The high winds will lead to the disruption of maritime navigation on the Mediterranean, the authority said earlier on its official website. Winds will abate on Friday and pick up again at the same speeds on Saturday and Sunday.

Cairo and the Nile Delta governorates are expected to see highs of 22-23 degrees Celsius and lows of 11-12 over the next two days, while the Mediterranean city of Alexandria is likely to be 2 degrees colder.

Temperatures are likely to drop by an average of 4-5 degrees across most of the country on Sunday, to hit highs of 18 C and lows of 10 C in Cairo and the Nile Delta.

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