Alexandria's two main ports closed for 2nd day due to bad weather conditions

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

Alexandria Port (Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Port Authority)

The Alexandria Ports Authority ordered the closure of the two main ports in the Mediterranean city for the second day in a row on Tuesday, citing heavy rainfall and "bad weather conditions", state news agency MENA reported.

Alexandria and Dakheila ports were shut down due to high wind speeds and heavy seas, with waves in the Mediterranean reaching 3 metres high.

Officials at the authority said the closure is intended to "avoid the collision of ships and vessels with one another and for the general safety of maritime navigation."

The coastal city witnessed rainfall for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

Egypt's meteorologists say temperatures are due to drop slightly across the country on Wednesday, with rain forecast along the country's northern coast, the Nile Delta and the Capital Cairo.

Cairo and the Nile Delta are expected to see highs of 17 degrees Celcius and lows of 12 C. Cities in the country's north are expected to see the same high temperatures with slightly warmer lows of 13 C.

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