Riyadh – The Saudi weather experts said that this year’s winter, biting cold, will begin from Tuesday, December 7. The season will see a sharp decline in temperatures in most parts of the Kingdom. Abdul Aziz Al-Hussaini, a researcher in weather and climate sciences and a member of the Saudi Committee for Nomenclature of Distinguished Climatic Conditions, stated that the 39-day winter or Al-Murabaniyah would begin on December 7 this year.
According to Al-Hussaini, the actual beginning of the astronomical winter or the Winter Solstice in Saudi Arabia; and the northern hemisphere will be Tuesday, December 21. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. He said that three stars permeate Al-Murabaniyah, each having 13 days, totaling 39 days, and this period is suitable for wheat cultivation.
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In a statement on his Twitter account, Dr. Abdullah Al-Mosnad, another weather expert, said that Arabs noticed the arrival of Al-Murabaniyah; which coincides with the sighting of the star Vega before sunrise is a bright star that rises in the northeast at around 6:02 am.
It is noteworthy that Al-Murabaniyah, which begins with Winter Solstice; is a period of intense cold that lasts 39 days, extending from December 22 to January 31. This period characterized by a severe cold comes with the chances of frequent snowfall. The weather remains the coldest during this period, with the daytime temperatures dipping drastically.
The National Center of Meteorology recently predicted that Saudi Arabia would witness harsh winter temperatures reaching below zero degrees Celsius. Hussain Al-Qahtani, the center’s spokesman, attributed this to the extreme climatic phenomena affecting the world.