In the next few days, 7 provinces in Saudi Arabia will experience a cold wave due to a significant drop in temperatures. This is according to a forecast report by the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection.
The vice president of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, Ayman Ghulam also reported that they were expecting shallow winds with speeds of about 50 km per hour, in the Madinah, Makkah, Hail, Qassim, Northern Borders, Jouf and Tabuk provinces.
Mr. Ghulam said, “Strong winds will kick up dust and may obstruct horizontal view. The authority also forecast cloudy to nearly cloudy skies in most regions of the Kingdom. There might also be fog in some areas of the Kingdom in the northern borders and southwestern heights during the early morning and at night.” He also said that Jeddah experienced some light showers across all districts on Friday. “There were no accidents or injuries related to the rain,” he added.
Turki Al-Dheeb, the Public Relations spokesman at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport confirmed that the Friday rains did not interrupt the flight schedules. “The airport handles 600 arriving and departing flights a day. All passengers arrived at the airport safely and there was no rescheduling of flights due to the weather. Arriving passengers were welcomed with chocolates and roses in celebration of the spring holidays,” Al-Dheeb said.
The cities and villages that are near the province, including Makkah and Rabigh also experienced the rain on Friday. Other parts where the Friday rains hit include the coastal region of the province of Madinah, including Al-Far’ Valley, Al-Shaffiyah Valley, Alab Valley and Al-Misaijid Valley. He also said that according to the weather forecast, Turaif and Qurayyat, in Al-Jouf province will experience snowfall.
The provinces of Easter and Riyadh are expected to receive heavy sandstorms in the coming days, according to the forecast. Ghulam said, “The skies will be nearly cloudy in northern and eastern parts of the Kingdom as well as the southern heights.”
He assured the residents that the Ministry of Health has put up emergency and rescue plans in the event of any accidents of incidents.
Source: Saudi Gazette