Rainfall, dusty wind hits several parts of Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Feb 2022

Several parts of Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt experienced light to moderate rainfall and dusty wind on Thursday, causing disturbances in maritime navigation, as the country continues to witness unprecedented cold weather this winter.

A file photo of the Nile and 6 October bridge after heavy rainfall in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, 13 December 2015 (Photo: Mahmoud Madh El-Nabi)

The downpour lasted for several minutes in some parts of Greater Cairo and lasted longer in several areas in Lower Egypt.

However, no traffic congestion was reported due to the rainfall.

The turbulent weather conditions coincide with a drop of 1-3 degrees Celsius across the country and are predicted to last till Saturday, according to Egypt's Meteorological Authority (EMA).

The EMA expects dusty wind and intermittent moderate to heavy rain in Matrouh, Alexandria, Beheira, Kafr El-Sheikh, Daqahliya, Damietta, Port Said and Arish through Friday, while Greater Cairo, northern coast and north Upper Egypt are set to witness light to moderate rain.

Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt will continue to see cold weather on Friday, while the northern coasts and north Upper Egypt will experience extremely cold weather, according to the EMA. South Upper Egypt and South Sinai will see moderate weather.

On Saturday, light to moderate rain is expected to affect several areas in northern coast and Lower Egypt with morning fogs anticipated to come down the roads leading to Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, the northern coast, Suez Canal cities, Sinai and Upper Egypt.

Temperatures are expected to slightly increase starting Sunday till Wednesday, but dusty wind and morning fog will continue in several areas nationwide.

From Saturday to Wednesday, Greater Cairo is expected to witness highs of 16-20 degrees Celsius and lows of 10-11 degrees, while northern coasts will see highs of 16-19 degrees and lows of 11-12 degrees, the EMA forecast.

South Sinai is forecast to see highs ranging between 19-22 degrees and lows ranging between 13-15 degrees.

North Upper Egypt is predicted to see highs of 17-20 degrees and lows of 6-7 degrees, while South Upper Egypt will see highs of 20-24 degrees and lows of 7-9 degrees.

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