linkA regional cold snap spread to Egypt on Friday, with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall for the first time in 122 years, a weather official said.
The Middle East has been hit by a fierce winter storm, with temperatures in Egypt plummeting over the past two days as torrential rain also lashed parts of the country.
A statement released by Egypts Meteorological Center said that this is the first time in 122 years that Cairo has witnessed such weather.
It is the first time in very many years that it has snowed in the suburbs of Cairo, said Ali Abdelazim, an official at the meteorological center.
The whole garden was white, Karim Kheirat told AFP by telephone from the new town of Medinati northeast of the capital.
It's the first time in my life that I have seen it like this.
Other suburbs of the capital also saw light snow showers, residents said.
In the Sinai Peninsula, the storm deposited a blanket of snow several centimeters (inches) thick in the mountainous area around Saint Catherine's monastery for the first time in decades.