Saudi Arabia’s meteorology center warns of severe weather conditions

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Saudi Arabia’s National Center of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for torrential rains that could be accompanied by hail, dust, low visibility, and high waves along the coast.

Rainfall is expected to begin on Thursday evening and intensify on Friday and Saturday, the center said.

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“Preliminary forecasts show rain will continue across most regions in the Kingdom until the end of the next week,” the National Center of Meteorology said.

Earlier this week, snow blanketed Saudi Arabia’s northern region of Tabuk when temperatures dropped drastically overnight on Tuesday, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Snow falls in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, on December 27. (SPA)
Snow falls in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, on December 27. (SPA)

Torrential rains are expected to hit Mecca, Jeddah, Rabigh, Taif, Jamum, al-Kamil, Bahra, Khulais, al-Laith, al-Qunfudhah, al-Ardiyat, Adham al-Baha, and Asir.

Medina, al-Qassim, and Riyadh will also be affected by heavy rains, according to the center.

Forecasters said moderate rain is likely in the Eastern Province, including Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar, Abqaiq, al-Ahsa and al-Qatif.

They also expect thunderclouds over parts of Jizan, Farasan, Fifa, al-Khouba, al-Ardah, Haroub, al-Harth, al-Da’ir, al-Shaqiq, Baish, and in Najran.

The center urged the public to continue to check its website and social media accounts for updates on the weather condition and to exercise caution.

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