CAIRO: Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) said that Saturday will witness a “severe cold wave” across the country, accompanied with heavy rainfall on the northern coast and Cairo.
A thunderstorm is expected Saturday in Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea mountains, according to EMA.
The temperature in Cairo is expected to drop to 12 C during the day and as low as 8 during the night. The highest temperature will be seen in Egypt’s most southern town of Shalateen and the lowest in Saint Catherine in North Sinai.
A cold front has struck the northern part of the Middle East coming from Europe. The EMA warned of o low temperature degrees and freezing in some parts of the Sinai peninsula and Upper Egypt starting from January 6.
The bad weather wave coincided with the Coptic celebrations and it has relatively caused a notable drop in turnout to a number of cultural events.
Snow, heavy rains, thunder, and lightening were seen since the early hours of Wednesday in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria while sea ports in Sharm el-Sheikh, Suez, Alexandria and Dakahlia were reportedly closed due to bad weather conditions.
According to airport officials, flights are operating normally and operation rooms are on alert for any notifications from the National Air Navigation services Company.