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Officials say at least 40 Egyptians have died over the last 2 days in a sweltering heatwave

  • A holiday-maker takes a shower at a beach in Suez, 127 kilometers (79 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Sunday’s temperature reached 39 ?C (102 F) in Cairo and 45 ?C in the Upper Egypt governorates.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    A holiday-maker takes a shower at a beach in Suez, 127 kilometers (79 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Sunday‚Äôs temperature reached 39 ?C (102 F) in Cairo and 45 ?C in the Upper Egypt governorates. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Egyptian farmer carries an electric fan as she walks through a Cairo street , Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Egyptian health authorities say at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heatwave hitting the country. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian farmer carries an electric fan as she walks through a Cairo street , Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Egyptian health authorities say at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heatwave hitting the country. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Egyptian shepherd leads his sheep as they drink water from the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Egyptian health authorities said at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heat wave hitting the country. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian shepherd leads his sheep as they drink water from the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Egyptian health authorities said at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heat wave hitting the country. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian health authorities say at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heatwave hitting the country.

The Health Ministry says that 19 people died Monday when temperatures reached around 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's north. The ministry says the heatwave killed 21 people Sunday.

The ministry said Tuesday that most of those killed were the elderly. Twenty-six people died in the capital, Cairo, a crowded, sprawling city of at least 18 million. Three who died from the heat were patients in a psychiatric hospital north of Cairo.

Egyptian summers are usually hot, but an unprecedented heatwave has been baking the region in recent weeks.