Below zero? Snow covers sand in Saudi regions
Season for rain is over but showers still continuing, especially in the eastern parts
White and brown merged into one color as snow covered the desert sand in central and northwestern regions in Saudi Arabia after temperatures dropped below zero Celsius.
In the central city of Shakra’ and the northwestern city of Tabuk, thin layers of snow carpeted the ground. In Tabarjal, a town located in the northern Al-Jawf region temperatures reached -3 Celsius, and in Al-Quryat, a northern province, the temperature was -1 Celsius.
While mid-October usually marks the short-lived peak for Saudi Arabia’s rainfall season, the kingdom is still experiencing light to medium showers. Saudi Arabia on Friday witnessed medium to heavy rainfall with many Saudis posted photos and videos of their cities under the rain.
Light to medium rainfall also continued in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Professor Abdallah al-Musanad, professor of climate science at Qassim University, told Alarabiya.net, that rainfall is expected by the end of this week in all of western, eastern and central Saudi Arabia.
He said this is “the second rainfall this season,” even though 40 days have passed since the end of rain season.
On Saturday, Malija city and Al-Nairiya province in eastern Saudi experienced medium rainfall. Al-Nairiya’s head of traffic police Fahad Mohammed Al-Hakbani asked drivers to take extra care during rain and not to drive through valleys, especially during floods.
In April last year, 18 people were killed throughout Saudi Arabia because of floods following heavy rain.
Municipalities in the eastern cities of Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar and Qatif are expected to use drainage stations and tanks to collect rain and keep the streets dry.
(The article was first published in the Arabic language website for Al Arabiya News Channel)