Egypt sees heat wave, light rain until Friday

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 May 2020

The heat wave is caused by a hot air mass coming from Sudan, and it is affecting Upper Egypt’s governorates the most

Heat Wave
File Photo: 'Summer-like' weather will be experienced by Egyptians (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) said on Saturday that the country is currently witnessing a heat wave, forecasting that the temperature will continue to rise through the upcoming days, reaching its peak in the middle of the week.

According to the data released by the EMA on its official website, the weather is expected to cool down on Friday.

Greater Cairo and the Nile Delta region will see a high of 42 degrees Celsius starting Sunday, which will rise to 43 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and Thursday before it drops to 40 degrees on Friday.

The northwestern coasts of Egypt will see a peak of 37 degrees on Wednesday. However, the temperature will drop to 30 degrees on Friday.

Upper Egypt will remain extremely hot with a stable high of 44 degrees throughout the week in its southern regions.

The heat wave is caused by a hot air mass coming from Sudan, and it is affecting Upper Egypt’s governorates the most, head of the Meteorology and Forecasting Department at EMA Mahmoud Shahin told Al-Ahram.

Shahin told Masrawy that light to moderate rainfall is forecast in some parts of Cairo, South Sinai, the Red Sea Mountains, Northern and Southern Upper Egypt starting Saturday and throughout the week.

He asserted that the rainfall may cause torents in mountainous areas.

According to Shahin, moderate winds are expected in South Sinai and Red Sea Mountains, which will be activated in the Gulf of Suez leading to a disturbance of marine navigation. 

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