Heatwave in Egypt to gradually subside starting Monday: EMA spokesperson

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Aug 2015

The prolonged heatwave has claimed the lives of 95 people, government says

An Egyptian apply some water on his forehead to cope with near 40 degree weather in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's state weather agency spokesperson Wahid Seoudi told Ahram Online that Egypt’s weeks-long heatwave will begin to abate starting Monday, gradually bringing lower temperatures.

"The temperatures are expected to gradually cool off a couple of degrees starting on Monday in all governorates," says Seoudi, speaking for the Egyptian Meteorological Association.

Seoudi said that temperatures increased by eight degrees from Friday to Sunday, with Sunday witnessing a high of 42 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave has claimed 95 lives in the last week and left hundreds temporarily hospitalised, according to official numbers issued by the Egyptian health ministry.

The ministry also warned that older individuals are more vulnerable to heat exhaustion than younger people. 

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