January 28, 2023

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Look .. Saudi Arabia is facing an unprecedented cold wave for many years

AFP Ibrahim Asiri

Northern Saudi Arabia has been covered in snow for years amid an unprecedented drop in temperatures.

On Friday, Saudi cities saw a sharp drop in temperatures to a level not seen for several years, with temperatures hovering below zero at 3 degrees in some places, while 6 cities in the north of the country were covered in snow.

Hussein al-Qahtani, a spokesman for the Meteorological Agency, said on Thursday that there would be a “sharp drop in temperatures over the weekend in the northern and central regions” in Saudi Arabia. Three degrees below zero. “

The city of Duraif in the north of the Jordanian border recorded below 3 degrees below zero on Friday, and the city of Kurat in the border with Jordan recorded below two degrees below zero, as well as cases in the northern highlands. Country, and found two degrees below zero in al-Jawf.

The low temperature, which reached 8 degrees at noon, did not prevent worshipers from performing Friday prayers at mosques in the center of Riyadh, but took their utmost precautionary measures.

On Wednesday, the city of Duraif in northern Saudi Arabia recorded 6 degrees below zero, the lowest temperature the kingdom has seen in 30 years.

The National Weather Service has forecast 3 degrees below zero in the capital, Riyadh, with extreme cold over the weekend.

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Saudi Arabia is known as one of the hottest countries in the world, but its northern regions are generally exposed to severe cold waves during the winter.

Arctic air masses from Siberia currently affect large parts of the desert kingdom.

In 2020, the lowest temperature recorded in the kingdom was 7 degrees below zero, according to a report by the government’s Meteorological Commission.

Source: “France Press” + “Twitter” + Saudi Media