According to climate experts, RIYADH — The severe cold wave sweeping across Saudi Arabia will start subsiding from Monday, Jan. 24. Abdul Aziz Al-Hussaini, a prominent weather expert and environmental activist, said that there would be a gradual rise in temperature; as the biting cold continued at night and early morning of Sunday in most regions of the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Al-Misnid, former professor of climate at Al-Qassim University said; that the temperature would start rising gradually during this week and drop once more during the weekend. The decrease in temperature will not be the same as the current cold wave lashing most northern and central regions.
“The temperature today remains lower than its annual average for this time of the year,” Al-Misnid wrote on his Twitter account. “The sky is clear today, and the sun is shining in most areas. However, the northern, central, and the eastern regions would likely continue witnessing very cold weather for some time,” he said.
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Meanwhile, the National Center of Meteorology‘s weather report for Sunday said; it expects low temperatures to continue in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the Kingdom. Surface winds and low visibility will accompany the cold wave, and its impact is likely to be extended to parts of southwestern and western parts of the Kingdom, it said in the report.
Partially cloudy skies interspersed with thunderstorms and high winds are expected on the highlands of Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah; the NCM said while noting that fog will form in the early morning over the Najran, Asir, and Al-Baha regions.
Many Saudi cities experienced an unprecedented sharp drop in temperatures since Friday. The mercury dropped to an average subzero three degrees Celsius in some cities as snowfall covered several northern cities. The city of Turaif in the North recorded minus 6 degrees Celsius; the lowest temperature witnessed over the past 30 years.