No schools, no boating, no driving over 60 km/h: North Egypt braces for rain

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Nov 2023

Governorates across northern Egypt are preparing for severe weather and heavy rainfall on Sunday by suspending school and halting maritime activities, among other measures.

File photo: Vehicles travel in cold, wet, rainy and foggy weather in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Egypt. Reuters


On Sunday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) said a deepening depression centered over the Mediterranean will lead to a substantial fall in temperature and heavy, thunderous rainfall across the eastern Mediterranean countries, including Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and northern Egypt.

Northern Egypt can expect varied intensities of rainfall, potential thunderstorms, a 2-3 degree drop in temperatures, and increased wind.

Meanwhile, wave height is expected to reach up to five metres in the Mediterranean Sea.

Moderate to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are expected in Alamein, Dabaa, Alexandria, the north of Beheira governorate, and Kafr El-Sheikh. 

Starting Sunday afternoon, the same weather conditions will extend to north of Dakahlia governorate, Domyat, and Port Said. 

Moderate rainfall with thunder is also expected in Salloum and parts of Matrouh, south of Beheira, Daqahliya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, and Menoufiya governorates.

Overnight, moderate rainfall will reach Cairo, Giza, Qalioubiya, and Ismailia. Meanwhile, light rain will reach Fayoum, Beni Suef, South Sinai, and the Suez coast.

The EMA cautioned residents and authorities to exercise caution and take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Governorates' readiness

According to a separate statement, Minister of Local Development Hisham Amin instructed governorates to be ready for adverse weather conditions.

Alexandria and Matrouh governorates suspended both government and private schools as well as Al-Azhar institutes on Sunday.

Alexandria urged citizens to avoid driving when possible to allow stormwater drainage vehicles to navigate easily. They also urged motorists to exercise caution when driving and not to exceed 60 km/h.

The governorate also warned against standing under old, deteriorating balconies or parking vehicles under trees, lest they fall.

Elsewhere, Matrouh Governor Khaled Shoaib directed ports to bar boats from leaving and beaches to cut electricity for ongoing construction for safety reasons.

In Kafr El-Sheikh, Governor Gamal Nour Eldin suspended navigation and fishing in the Mediterranean Sea waters until conditions improve.

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