An Egyptian man covers his head with a paper to avoid the sun as temperature reached 44°C degrees in Cairo.
CAIRO - 28 May 2019: Egypt will witness a slight and gradual rise in the temperature from Tuesday to Friday, said Chairperson of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) Ali Abdel Aal told Egypt Today on Monday.
“There will be a rise in temperature tomorrow by 3°C degrees, as the maximum temperatures in Cairo will go up to 36 °C degrees after it recorded 33 °C on Monday,” he said.
The temperature will increase two more degrees to record 38°C in Cairo on Wednesday, he added, assuring that the coming hot wave will be slighter than that Egypt witnessed last week when the temperature reached 45°C in Cairo and 50°C in some Upper Egyptian governorates.
Due to the blistering hot wave over the last weekend, a plastic manufacturing factory caught fire, claiming the lives of three people on Friday. Meanwhile, a passenger bus also caught fire due to the high temperature; no human causalities were reported.
In Sharm El Sheikh Resort, a huge fire broke out in an old market. Eye witnesses said the flames extended to reach a number of shops before the fire department put the situation under control.
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Additional reporting by Mahmoud Ragheb
CAIRO - 23 May 2019: The concerned authorities have adjourned the exams scheduled on Thursday for students of technical diplomas, the first secondary stage and Al-Azhar as the heat wave has peaked on Thursday. The Egyptian Meteorological Authority expected the temperature to reach 45 degrees Celsius in Cairo and many other governorates.