A view of the Nile in Cairo. Al-Ahram
In statements with Extra News TV channel on Thursday, Manar Ghanem, a member of Egypt’s Meteorological Authority (EMA) media centre, said Egypt would experience better weather conditions and increased periods of sunlight on Friday.
She added that a relative improvement in weather conditions would also be felt on Thursday, however, temperatures would continue to drop due to an extremely cold air mass, low humidity, and wind activity.
Ghanem also said that cold weather would be seen during the mornings in Greater Cairo, the Northern Coast, Lower Egypt, and northern Upper Egypt on Thursday, with extremely cold weather at night nationwide extending to frost in northern Upper Egypt and some areas in Central Sinai.
Despite of the cold weather on Thursday, there is a lesser chance of rainfall than Wednesday, Ghanem said.
She added that heavy fog is forecast on highways and agricultural roads during the late hours of the night and early hours of the next morning.
Furthermore, Greater Cairo will see highs ranging from 15 to 16 degrees Celsius and lows ranging between six to nine from Thursday till Saturday.
The northern coast will see highs of 15 to 16 degrees and lows of 9 to 10 till Saturday, while South Sinai will witness highs of 17 to 20 and lows of 12to 13.
Additionally, northern Upper Egypt will see highs of 15 to 17 degrees and lows of four to six, while southern Upper Egypt will witness highs of 17 to 19 and lows of six to eight.
The EMA official’s statements come one day after most parts of the country saw mild to heavy rainfall on Wednesday, which the EMA described as this winter’s “coldest day.”
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.