Egyptian families gathering at a public park to celebrate Easter Sunday and Sham El-Nessim holidays (Photo: Ahram)
As millions of Egyptians celebrate Easter Sunday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) is expecting warm to hot weather across the country on Monday’s Sham El-Nessim holiday.
On Sunday, Egypt saw warm weather, with highs in Cairo at 34 degrees.
The EMA said that warm weather is expected on the northern coast Monday, while warmer temperatures are expected in Cairo, the Nile Delta governorates and Sinai Peninsula.
The EMA added that hot temperatures are expected in Upper Egypt through the day, with the night mild in most parts of the country.
Egyptians are celebrating the Coptic Easter on Sunday and Sham El-Nessim spring festival on Monday. Egyptians mark the occasion of the spring festival with traditional salted seafood dishes and gatherings in public parks.
Celebrated since 2,700 BC by all Egyptians regardless of religion, belief and social status, the name Sham El-Nessim (Inhaling the breeze) is derived from the Coptic language, which in turn is derived from the ancient Egyptian language.
Sham El-Nessim was originally pronounced Tshom Ni Sime, with tshom meaning “gardens” and ni sime meaning “meadows”.
The Sham El-Nessim holiday falls on the day after Easter Sunday in the Coptic Christian calendar.
Egyptians typically eat a meal of pickled mullet fish, known as fesikh, marinated in vinegar for you one year prior to consumption, and salted herring.
Temperature forecasts across Egypt on Monday are as follows:
Cairo: 32 at highs – 19 at lows
Alexandria: 26 - 15
Nile Delta: 26 - 15
North Sinai: 24 - 19
South Sinai: 35 - 23
Upper Egypt: 35 - 19