According to a prominent weather expert, RIYADH – The 40-day Al-Murabaniyah, or the season of biting cold, is expected to begin in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7 and will continue until Jan. 14.
Abdul Aziz Al-Hussaini, a weather researcher and climate scientist, stated that the 40-day Al-Murabaniyah will begin this year on Dec. 7 (Jamad Al-Awwal 3, 1443), which is the date of the actual beginning of the winter season, and will end on Jan. 14, 2022 (Jamad Al-Akher 11).
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Speaking to Al-Arabiya.net, Al-Hussaini said that the actual beginning of the astronomical winter in the northern hemisphere is from Dec. 21 (Jamad Al-Awwal 17).
Al-Murabaniyah, which begins with Winter Solstice, is a period of intense cold that lasts 40 days. Specifically, it is the period extending from Dec. 22 to Jan. 31. This Saudi winter is severe and with the chances of frequent snowfall. The weather remains the coldest during this period, with the daytime temperatures dipping drastically.
Al-Hussaini said the winter days would see the earliest start to noon prayer during the year when the sun heads toward the south on its way to the Tropic of Capricorn, which means the shortest day time and the longest night time. The temperatures decrease due to the shorter stay of the sun, he said.