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Six ports in Suez and South Sinai were shut on Friday afternoon due to bad weather and strong winds.
Zayteyat, Adabeya, Ein Sokhna Port Tawfiq, Sharm al-Sheikh and Noweiba ports were shut because of the wind velocity that exceeded 25 knots, head of the Red Sea Ports Authority Mohamed Abdel Kader Gaballa said.
Shipping agents have been alerted to remain in port until all ports are reopened.
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Meteorologists have predicted very cold weather for Wednesday for most parts of Egypt, as well as flooding in Sinai and thunderstorms throughout the country.
Dusty northwestern winds will continue to blow, disturbing maritime movement, and frost is expected in Sinai and Upper Egypt, experts said. Waves are expected to reach 3-4 meters in both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
Inclement weather on Monday prompted the closure of the Arish and Damietta marine ports and caused a road collision that led to the death of six people in northern Egypt, Egyptian state TV reported.
The weather also forced several Egyptian ports on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to close Sunday. Weather conditions have been worsening in Alexandria over the past three days.
Heavy rains and thunder paralyzed traffic on main roads. Alexandria harbor authorities ordered the port closed again, and maritime navigation was halted at harbors in Alexandria and Dekheila for the third straight day. Winds reached speeds of 30 miles per hour, and waves reached more than four meters high.
Traffic was blocked on all main streets and squares after half a meter of water was reported on the corniche road. Microbuses and taxis stopped working, and high absence rates were reported at schools and universities.
Forecasted temperatures are a high of 12 degrees Celsius and a low of 7 in Cairo, a high of 13 and a low of 8 in Alexandria, and a high of 16 and a low of 6 in Aswan. (Al-Masry al-Youm, via Egypt.com)
World Bank report says there will be lower rainfall, higher temperatures and continuing desertification in the region
Egypte actus's insight:
Countries in the Middle East and north Africa will be among those hardest hit by global warming, unless the upward trend for greenhouse gas emissions can be checked, the World Bank warned last month at theDoha climate change conference.
There will be lower rainfall, higher temperatures and continuing desertification, said Rachel Kyte, World Bank vice-president for sustainable development, during her presentation of the report onAdaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries.
According to the forecasts, average temperatures could rise by 3C between now and 2050. But night temperatures in city centres could increase by double that figure. The report notes that over the last three decades 50 million people have been affected by climate disasters. Severe flooding is now a recurrent event. But the increasing scarcity ofwater resources is the biggest challenge for countries in the region, which already have some of the lowest per capita reserves in the world.