Sand Storms, moderate rainfall expected in Egypt until Thursday: Meteorologists

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Feb 2015

All of Egypt's seaports were closed on Tuesday while only minor disruptions were reported at Cairo airport to scheduled flights

The Cairo tower is seen through the haze of a morning sand storm in central Cairo Jan 6, 2014 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Weather forecasters expect an extended stretch of dust and cold in Egypt well into Thursday, while almost all seaports around Egypt were closed on Tuesday.

Rains are expected to fall in the country's northern coast in the upcoming days, with moderate rainfall expected in Nile Delta provinces, meteorologists said.

"Sand and dust, along with a low temperature is expected on Wednesday," spokesperson for the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) Wahid Seoudi said.

Seoudi also highlighted that all seaports were closed in Egypt as visibility dropped on Tuesday to no more than 100 meters due to dust and sand that caused sand storms.

There were also reports that Cairo airport has been suspending incoming flights due to the storm.

The head of air navigation services Ehab Mohi told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that air traffic is regular and that all airports have been operating normally despite the storms, though he added that six aircrafts were not allowed to land and were transferred to different airports.   

Cairo's temperatures were forecasted at a high of 18C (62 Fahrenheit) and a low of 9 Celsius (47 F) on Tuesday.

The Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Egypt's north coast should see a high of 16 C and a low of 9 with some rain, while southern cities are likely to see warmer temperatures with an average high hovering around 18-19 and a low 10-11. 


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