Egypt braces for sandstorms, rain Tuesday: How to stay safe

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Jun 2023

Despite spring’s retreat, Egypt finds itself bracing for even more sandstorms and rain that will threaten respiratory health and transform driving into a perilous endeavor due to diminished visibility.

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The Abbas bridge connecting Cairo (L) to Giza (not pictured) is partially obscured by dust during a sandstorm on June 1, 2023.


The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) expects sandstorms to hit Greater Cairo, northern Upper Egypt's Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag and Qena as well as the Red Sea governorate in eastern Egypt and the Western Desert.

The sandstorms are expected to substantially reduce visibility on roads, with the EMA urging drivers to stay off the roads.

If you are driving on a highway and a sandstorm gets the drop on you, check traffic around your vehicle, slow down and get off the road before visibility deteriorates.

Sandstorms can be terrifying but they are usually fast-moving, meaning that you will be able to get on the road again shortly, the EMA says.

Tips for staying safe amid the sandstorm also include wearing a mask or putting a piece of moist cloth on your nose and mouth to avoid breathing problems.

Do not forget to also protect your eyes as much as you can and to take shelter amid dusty weather and high-speed wind.

Earlier in June, strong winds during a sandstorm blew down a billboard on the October Bridge in Cairo, killing one and injuring two.

Sandstorms are not the only thing to worry about today; the EMA also expects rain and possible thunder in some areas of Greater Cairo, Nile Delta, Suez Canal cities, Gulf of Suez and Sinai.


However, weather will remain extremely hot during daytime in Greater Cairo, Nile Delta, South Sinai and southern Egypt and warm in Alexandria, Matrouh and other North Coast governorates.

On Tuesday, the Greater Cairo area and the Nile Delta will see highs of 36 degrees Celsius and lows of 24 degrees, according to the EMA.

The North Coast will see highs of 28 degrees and lows of 20 degrees.

Meanwhile, it will be t-shirt weather in South Sinai – home to Nuweibaa and Sharm El-Sheikh on the Red Sea – which will see highs of 38 degrees and lows of 27 degrees.

The Upper Egypt cities of Luxor and Aswan will see extremely hot weather with highs of 44 degrees and lows of 27-28 degrees, so it will be a good idea to stay inside entirely if possible.

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