Rain hits northern coast, Lower Egypt on this winter's ‘coldest day’

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Jan 2022

Egypt’s northern coast and parts of the Nile Delta and Greater Cairo saw mild to heavy rainfall on Wednesday, which the Egyptian Meteorological Authority has described as this winter’s “coldest day.”

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There has been a sharp drop in temperatures nationwide and a disturbance in navigation in the Mediterranean Sea, and videos on social media have shown heavy rainfall and snowfall in the northwestern governorate of Matrouh.

Many governorates have declared a state of emergency to deal with the wave of bad weather starting Wednesday, deploying vacuum trucks on major roads and tunnels to remove rainwater and clear sewage systems.

A state of maximum alert has been declared in South Sinai governorate, where temperatures in Saint Catherine city frequently fall below zero during winter.

Heavy rains battered the streets in northern governorates including Damietta and Alexandria, as well as in Cairo, Giza, Qaliuobiya, and Siwa in the Western Desert.

The meteorological authority says the air depression currently hitting the country has moved east, and will likely cause rainfall in the Suez Canal cities and northern and central Sinai.

The EMA said there are still chances of more rainfall on the eastern coast and the Delta.

Due to the unstable weather, Alexandria has suspended work at government institutions and schools on Wednesday, except for students who have scheduled exams today.

Greater Cairo will see cold weather until Monday.

Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt will witness highs of 12-17 degrees Celsius and lows of 6-9 degrees.

The northern coast will see highs of 12-16 and lows of 9-10 from Wednesday to Monday. South Sinai will witness highs of 17-21 and lows of 10-13.

Northern Upper Egypt will see highs of 14-18 and lows of 3-6, while southern Upper Egypt will witness highs of 18-22 and lows of 6-8.

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