Cairo sees thunder, heavy rains starting Thursday: EMA warns
Heavy rain strikes Egypt
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CAIRO: Cairo and other govern orates in the north and east of Egypt are expected to see heavy rains and thunder starting from Thursday to Saturday, announced Ahmed Abdel Aal, chairman of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority in a Monday statement.

Showers will extend to coastal areas coupled with a “remarkable decline” in temperature degrees and high wind activity, according to the statement.

The authority warned that the wave will peak on Friday, Jan.1, 2016, with heavier rains and cooler weather. It said that a gradual drop in temperature will begin on Tuesday.

Frost on crops is expected to be seen in Upper Egypt and in Center Sinai, the statement added.

Day temperatures will be as follows: North Sinai ranges between 13C -14 C; Cairo between 12C-14 C; north Upper Egypt between 15C-16C; South Upper Egypt between 16C-18C and South Sinai between 19C-21C.

Abdel Aal called up on authorities at different governorates, especially Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, North and South Sinai, to prepare for the cool wave with necessary procedures, in order to avoid impacts of the bad weather.

Egypt has seen its first snow fall since years in 2013 after a regional cold snap hit the country. Residents of Cairo and other governorates saw layers of snows covering streets. In Sinai, thick snow covered mountainous areas and houses.

Last year, hailstorms were also seen, especially in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub.

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