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The city of Turaif in northern Saudi Arabia recorded, on Wednesday, six degrees below zero, which is the lowest temperature in the Kingdom in 30 years, while a meteorologist expected the coldness to increase in the coming days with the intensification of polar air masses.
The National Center of Meteorology stated on Twitter that the city of Turaif in the north of the country at the border with Jordan is “the coldest Saudi city in the winter of the past 30 years, according to the center’s climatic records.”
The center explained that the city of Qurayyat on the border with Jordan recorded five degrees below zero on Tuesday, and Arar on the border with Iraq four degrees below zero, indicating in its daily reports that the cold wave will continue in the regions of the Kingdom until the end of the week with the possibility of frost formation.
In Tabuk, in the northwest of the country, the Jabal al-Lawz was covered with snow, prompting hundreds of Saudi families to go out for a walk and test the cold weather.
“The Siberian polar air masses are currently affecting large areas of northern Saudi Arabia,” Hassan Abdullah, an official at the Wasm Meteorological Center, which specializes in weather in the Arab region, told AFP.
He expected that “the Siberian wave will intensify during the end of this week and affect parts of central Saudi Arabia, such as the city of Riyadh,” which witnessed heavy rains at the end of last week.
Since the beginning of the year, the government’s Al-Ekhbariya channel has broadcast footage of snow covering many streets in the cities of Tabuk, Tarif and Arar. Users on social media also shared scenes of snow falling on their homes and cars.
And the lowest temperature recorded in the Kingdom was seven degrees below zero, according to a spokesman for the Government Meteorological Authority, in statements in 2020, without indicating the date of this occurrence.
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