Heavy rain hits various areas across Egypt; treacherous weather to abate by Thursday

Lamis ElSharqawy, Wednesday 16 Dec 2020

Egypt is expected to see mild to moderate rainfall on Thursday, according to the EMA

Aftermath of rain in Kafr El-Sheikh. 16 december 2020 (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A spell of unstable weather hit several areas across Egypt since the wee hours of Wednesday, with some governorates, including Cairo, experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, albeit with no noticeable impact on road traffic flow.

Mild to heavy rain was noticed pouring down different parts of Cairo, Giza, Sinai, Damietta, and others.

Since the early hours of the day, several vacuum trucks were seen on various major roads and squares across the country draining rainwater to help smooth the movement of vehicles.

Egyptian municipal authorities have announced the suspension of schools and universities in Cairo, Giza, Damietta, and Marsa Matrouh as a pre-emptive safety measure after the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) raised a red flag over today's weather.

The EMA predicted a wave of unstable weather, with light to heavy rainfall as well as thunderstorms in some areas.

“The wave is expected to abate by the end of today,” EMA Head Mahmoud Shahin said in a telephone interview with MBC Masr 2, expecting an improvement in weather conditions starting Thursday.

On Thursday, the northern coast will see mild to moderate rainfall while Cairo and the Nile Delta will witness light rainfall, according to the EMA.

On Friday, the northern coast is expected to see mild rainfall.

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