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Death toll in punishing Egyptian heatwave rises to 93; high temperatures expected to go on

A girl drinks water inside the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque on Al Muezz street in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Egypt's health minister on Thursday said 17 more people have died due to an "unprecedented" heat wave, raising this week's death toll to more than 70. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A girl drinks water inside the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque on Al Muezz street in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Egypt's health minister on Thursday said 17 more people have died due to an "unprecedented" heat wave, raising this week's death toll to more than 70. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's state news agency says a scorching heatwave over the past week has killed at least 93 people as temperatures are still expected to be high in then coming days.

The Mideast has been hit by a heat wave since late July. Egyptian summers are usually hot, but temperatures this week soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's south.

The state news agency MENA says temperatures are expected to rise around the country Sunday and will reach 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) in the capital, Cairo.

MENA gave the new death toll Friday and said most of those killed were elderly. Those who have died also include three patients at a psychiatric hospital and three detainees in a jail, both north of Cairo.