Egypt braces for rainfall on Tuesday

Habiba Hamdy , Tuesday 14 Mar 2023

Egypt is bracing for rainfall of varying intensity in several parts of the country on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian Metrological Authority (EMA).

File Photo: People driving in the rain in Cairo. AFP


The EMA is predicting scattered rainfall in Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt, with rain expected to resume shortly.

Rainfall of fluctuating intensity is currently falling in Sinai, northern Upper Egypt, the North Coast, and northern Lower Egypt, as well as the banks of the Suez Canal and Aqaba. Rainclouds are hanging at low, medium, and cumulous altitude, the EMA added.

The governor of Alexandria, Mohammed El-Sherif, has announced a state of emergency for Tuesday due to the weather. He has instructed all relevant authorities to increase their presence on the streets to respond to any potential emergency situations that may arise due to the weather.

El-Sherif emphasised the importance of maintaining the flow of traffic and avoiding road blockages, cautioning citizens to drive carefully and avoid high speeds. Furthermore, citizens have been advised to stay clear of trees, advertisement boards, and light poles for their safety.

El-Sherif noted that the governorate's operations room is working around the clock to ensure public safety and address any emergency resulting from flooding or accumulation of water.

The popular tourist destinations in Sinai, including Taba, Nuweiba, Ras Sedr, Dahab, Sharm El Sheikh, Rafah, Al-Arish, Al-Tor, and Mt Sinai, are likely to experience moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder. Hence, Khaled Fouda, the governor of South Sinai, has call a state of emergency against possible flooding in the area, particularly in Ras Abu Rudeis, which was severely flooded in 2020.

The EMA also indicated that the southern regions of Marsa Alam and Hurghada will experience similar weather conditions.

Maritime traffic on the Red Sea will be affected by the weather as winds are expected to cause waves up to 3.5 meters high.

Strong winds across all regions will increase the feeling of cold, the EMA continued. Chances of continuous rainfall in regions of southern Lower Egypt and Greater Cairo are decreasing, and these areas are expected to experience light to possibly moderate rainfall throughout the day. Additionally, the dusty weather will continue to affect regions of southern Upper Egypt due to the strong winds, the EMA concluded.

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