CAIRO: Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) denied rumors of Egypt recording the highest temperature worldwide Wednesday reaching 50 degrees Celsius, according to Spokesperson Waheed Seoudy.
Seoudy told ITC TV channel that Cairo temperature will reach 44 °C and coastal cities will reach 36 °C Wednesday.
EMA has warned of a scorching heat wave hitting the country for five days starting Sunday. According to the authority, Egypt’s Red Sea governorate Hurghada will record the highest temperature with 47 °C, while the northern governorate of Marsa Matrouh will have the lowest temperature with 32 °C.
The heat wave is expected to relent Friday, witnessing a gradual drop by 10 degrees.
EMA has also advised citizens to prevent direct exposure to the sun during the day, drink large amounts of liquids and avoid presence in crowded places.
Additional reporting by Mohsen el-Bedewy