Intense sandstorms engulf Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt

Multiple strong sandstorms hit Cairo and Alexandria among other cities in Egypt on March 13, 2016.

The unexpected dust storms were followed by heavy rains, lightning and thunder, after days of unseasonable hot temperatures.

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The sandstorms were reported in Greater Cairo as well as other governorates, limiting visibility for drivers.

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The dusty wind lead to low visibility and difficulties for maritime traffic on the Red Sea as well as the Mediterranean.

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Alexandria and Dekheila ports were closed Monday morning due to weather conditions.

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Heavy winds and sandstorms will continue through this week decreasing present anomalous high temperatures and bringing rain in Cairo and the country’s North Coast.

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In Cairo, the temperature should drop by at least 15°C from 32 to 16 degrees, while in coastal Alexandria temperatures should reach 15°C.

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Here, a video showing how impossible it was to drive in the streets of Cairo, yesterday:

This drop in temperature should also decrease the level of smog in the Egyptian capital.

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