Dissipating heat: Egypt's temperatures to dip slightly through Saturday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Aug 2023

Get ready for some respite from the scorching heat, as the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) has predicted a slight drop in temperature of 2-3 degrees Celsius from Tuesday to Saturday across the north of the country.

File Photo: Egyptian holiday-makers ride on a banana boat at the beach of the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, 270 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Cairo, Egypt. AP


In addition to the drop in temperature, active winds will make things feel even cooler by dissipating humidity at night.

However, the EMA cautions beachgoers that the same high winds could whip up three-metre waves across the country’s coastlines by Saturday.

In Greater Cairo and the Nile Delta, daily highs should range between 34 and 35 degrees through Saturday.

Along the North Coast, highs will range between 30-31 degrees, but will feel upwards of 34 degrees.

Not all of the country can look forward to relief, though.

In Upper Egypt, Luxor and Aswan can expect highs of 41-45 degrees that will feel like 42-46 degrees.

Egypt has been experiencing an intense heatwave since mid-July, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius across the entire nation.

The increase in temperatures has driven up electricity use, stressing the natural gas infrastructure used to supply power plants and prompting the government to implement scheduled power cuts.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly recently said the power cuts will continue as long as temperatures remain above 35 degrees.

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