Egypt's heatwave to start breaking on Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Aug 2021

Egypt is witnessing the hottest summer in five years, with temperatures hitting highs exceeding 40 degrees

The 6 October bridge in central Cairo on 7 August, 2021. Ahram Online

A scorching heatwave that hit Egypt over the past week is set to start breaking this Sunday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) said on Saturday.

Temperatures began soaring across the country in late July, jumping above 40 degrees celcius in Cairo and other governorates.

According to the EMA, temperatures are expected to gradually return to normal starting the second half of August.

This year's summer temperatures are among the highest recorded over the past five years, according to a recent study by the EMA, which said that temperatures are 3-4 degrees higher than normal.

The Mediterranean will be hit by ever fiercer heatwaves, drought and fires supercharged by rising temperatures, according to a draft United Nations assessment seen exclusively by AFP, which that warns the region is a "climate change hotspot."

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