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Egypt to see intense heatwave in first week of Ramadan

The holy month is expected to last 29 days, which means it will end 3 June

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 May 2019
Adults muse at jumping water as children roll up pants and cool off at Al-Azhar park in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) issued an advisory on expected temperatures from 5 May to 10 May, the period which coincides with the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, saying that the country will see an intense heatwave starting Sunday.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set to start Monday, 6 May, in Egypt, the country's National Astronomy and Geophysics Institute announced Tuesday.

The holy month is expected to last 29 days, which means it will end 3 June.

During the holy month, Muslims fast for a full lunar month. Fasting begins at the fajr call to prayer, just before sunrise, and is broken at sundown.

The EMA said that temperatures are expected to increase by an average of 5 to 6 degrees during this period.

Temperature ranges from Sunday 5 May to Friday 10 May are as follows: 

Northern and Western Coasts 35-37 

Cairo to Nile Delta 36-37 

Northern Upper Egypt 38-40 

Southern Upper Egypt 40-42 

North Sinai: 36-37

South Sinai: 36-38

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