Low temperatures, rain, sandstorm expected in Egypt

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Feb 2015

Meteorological Authority warns of low temperatures in the coming week

Clouds gather during heavy rain and a cold spell in Cairo, November 24, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Temperatures in Egypt are expected to drop by seven degrees starting Wednesday, with modest rainfall starting Monday, Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) spokesman Wahid Seoudi told Ahram Online.

"Rain is expected in the Sinai Peninsula and Upper Egypt, with moderate rainfall also expected in the Nile Delta," Seoudi said.

He added that the cold weather might be accompanied by another sandstorm on Wednesday.

Seoudi also suggested that this might cause the closure of seaports.

A recent sandstorm killed seven people and left two dozen injured across the country.

EMA called on people to wear heavy clothing and stay away from maritime activities. 

Cairo's temperatures were forecasted at a high of 15C (59 Fahrenheit) and a low of 7 Celsius (45 F) on Sunday.

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

Early February marks the start of the Coptic month of Amshir, which falls between February 8 and March 9 of the Gregorian calendar, and is infamous for its blustery, sandy storms.

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