The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) announced “unstable weather conditions with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms expected” from Thursday the 12th of March to Saturday the 14th. Egypt is expected to see around 30mm of rainfall over the next few days, with temperatures ranging from around 14-22 degrees Celsius, and wind gusts of up to 60km/h.
The Egyptian Cabinet has already announced that Thursday will be a holiday for students in schools and universities and announced today that this holiday will now extend to business as well, both public and private.
Whether your choosing to stay safe and remain at home or need to venture out for whatever reason, here are a few tips to keep in mind for your safety and for others.
- Slow down while driving and turn on your headlights so other cars can see you.
- If your route is blocked by water, wait for another car to pass through first to gage how deep the water is and make sure to follow the same exact path. Make sure you keep your foot on the gas (lightly!) to avoid your engine flooding but go steady to avoid invisible potholes.
- Stay away from lamp posts and electric wires to avoid electric shocks.
- Unplug your unused electrical appliances at home and check for any exposed wired or sockets outside.
- Keep your doors and windows shut and take any items that were in your balcony inside.
- If it isn’t a necessity, avoid traveling from one city to another.
- Avoid tunnels at all cost when planning your route.
- If you live in the Fifth Settlement, or will be driving on the Ring Road, save the contact numbers of Cairo’s Rescue Squad.
- Stay informed of the weather updates from your phone apps or the TV.