A summer to forget: Another heatwave on the way to Egypt

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Aug 2023

A new heatwave is expected to blanket much of the country starting Saturday and humidity will make it hard to exhale at times, according to the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA).

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From Saturday to Thursday, temperatures in Greater Cairo and Nile Delta will hover between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius.

South Sinai and northern Upper Egypt will see highs of 39-41 which will be like 40-43 degrees in the sun.

Higher temperatures are anticipated in Luxor and Aswan in the deep south. Temperatures on Mercury will be 43 and 44 degrees but humidity may make it feel like 45 degrees.

Cooler weather is expected on the Noth Coast. Temperatures are expected to vary between 31 and 35 degrees but humidity may make it feel like 34-38 degrees.

Last week, UN and EU monitors said that July was the hottest month in recorded history and likely "unprecedented" for thousands of years, warning that this was a taste of the world's climate future.

The rise in temperatures in Egypt led to a surge in daily electricity consumption, reaching record-breaking 34,650 megawatts (MW) during peak hours.

This hike significantly strained the natural gas network that fuels power plants, prompting the government to apply a temporary load reduction plan starting mid-July.

On Tuesday, the government started implementing timetables for daily power cuts across the country to citizens with advance notice of power outages.

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