Riyadh — Several Saudi cities witnessed an unprecedented drop in temperatures on Friday. Average temperatures dropped to minus three degrees Celsius in some cities as snow blanketed six northern cities.
The city of Turaif in the Northern Border Region recorded on Wednesday minus 6 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest temperature the Kingdom has ever witnessed over the past 30 years. On Friday, the temperature recorded in Turaif, near the border of Jordan, was minus 3 degrees Celsius. At the same time, mercury in the city of Qurayyat near the Jordan border dipped to minus 2 degrees; as was the case in Hail in the northern part of the country.
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The winter will be the harshest during the weekend, with the capital city of Riyadh in the central region is expected to record freezing temperatures; reaching minus 3 degrees Celsius, according to a report of the National Center of Meteorology (NCM). Icy Arctic air masses from Siberia are currently sweeping the vast terrain of Saudi Arabia.
Hussain Al-Qahtani, the spokesman of NCM, said that Saudi Arabia would witness; a sharp drop in temperatures by the weekend, especially in the northern and central regions. He said NCM expects temperature Riyadh to drop to minus three degrees.
The low temperature, which reached 8 degrees at noon, did not prevent worshipers in Riyadh from heading to mosques to perform Friday prayers but took their utmost precautions. The outdoor seating at several cafés remained empty as the customers preferred to sit indoors snuggled near heaters.