Egypt: Cairo residents seek shelter from heatwave as temperatures hit 45C

Residents tried to stay cool during the heatwave which hit Cairo this week, as footage filmed on Friday shows. Many were seen taking shelter under trees or carrying umbrellas to avoid heat exhaustion, while others carried water bottles or bathed in the Nile river. «I heard yesterday that the temperature will reach 46 degrees, but I continue my life normally and before I left the house I took a... Еще shower. The day before, because of fasting [for Ramadan], I drank enough water and ate vegetables that help keep water in the body,» said local Rajai El-gamal. The heatwave was blamed for a market fire and caused delays in high schools exams, as student Gamal Ebrahim explained: «Temperatures in Egypt have reached 40, 45 and 50 degrees. In schools the exams were postponed because of the temperature.» Temperatures reached 46 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, but are set to fall by around 7 degrees Celsius by Saturday.

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