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Sunday, 21 November 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on yesterday’s rainy weather and the royals in Egypt

Yesterday’s rainy weather was the talk of the town: The entire north of the country was affected by moderate-to-heavy rain, with the coasts, Matrouh and Alexandria, getting worst of it. The heavy rains didn’t cause as much damage as feared, and the nation’s talking heads were keen to tell us that the state was well prepared for the storms. Khalid Qasim, assistant minister of local development, told Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 5:57) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 6:29) that the flooded roads in various governorates are being dealt with. Inclement weather forced 10 governorates to cancel school for the day, including Cairo and Giza.

Is climate change to blame? Fall is the season for drastic and swift weather changes, but the swing from sunny skies to torrential downpour owes a lot to climate change, Eman Shaker, the undersecretary of the department of remote sensing at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, told Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 6:07). She explained that the entire country saw a 3-4 degree celsius drop in temperature yesterday in comparison to last week. The weather also received coverage on El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 1:03) and Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 5:27).

What did the two royals make of their visit? UK Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley joined Lamees El Hadidi to discuss the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla over the weekend — their first in 15 years (watch, runtime: 7:49). The royal couple enjoyed their time in the country, Bayley said, noting Charles’ interest in Egypt’s renewable energy projects and the Duchess of Cornwall’s work on women’s empowerment. El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 10:53) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 2:49) also covered the visit.

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