Sandstorm looming, scorching weather prevails across Egypt: Tips to stay healthy

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Yellow hues of dusty winds are on the horizon mixed with a sizzling dry weather at least on Wednesday after a month of the start of spring, a season that is not the cup of tea for people with breathing problems.

A file photo of airborne dust and sand in Cairo (Photo: Al-Ahram)


For those with asthma, sinusitis, or breathing problems, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) recommends wearing facemasks when venturing outside during the sandstorm.

Even indoors, health experts suggest covering your nose and mouth with a lightweight cloth and setting your air conditioner to recirculate the air within the room.

If possible, it is advisable to postpone at least some outdoor activities to prevent further worsening of your health due to the inhalable dust particles.

Today, Egypt is likely experiencing its hottest day since the arrival of spring in March.

After a month of warm days and pleasant nights, perfect for outdoor adventures, this scorching weather has taken center stage.

The EMA advises everyone to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, especially during the peak heat hours, and stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

The sandstorm is currently sweeping in from the west, where the vast Western Desert blankets most of Egypt's land surface. According to the EMA, it is expected to extend across the country soon.

Dust will take a pinkish hue, says the EMA.

Spring in Egypt is typically warm, but it comes with the notorious Khamasin wind, which carries copious amounts of sand and dust from the deserts at high speeds, giving spring its yellow colour.

Until the end of the week, Cairo and the Nile Delta are projected to reach 35 degrees Celsius during the daytime, with temperatures rising by 5-6 degrees nationwide today.

At night, temperatures in the capital will descend to around 18 degrees.

Meanwhile, South Sinai, home to the charming city of Sharm El-Sheikh, will likely not be much cooler with highs of 34 degrees and lows of 21 degrees.

North Upper Egypt governorates such as Fayoum, Beni Suef, and Minya will experience highs of 36 degrees and lows of 16 degrees.

Meanwhile, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea governorates in southern Upper Egypt will see highs of 38 degrees and lows of 21 degrees.

The EMA will be providing updates on the weather soon, but until then, stay safe by following the tips.

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