SAUDI ARABIA: From a heated, isolated desert to a snowy, freezing winter wonderland scene is totally unexpected with the mercury normally hitting Saudi Arabia about 20C at this time of year – traditionally the “cold season” in the Arab country.
The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in layers of snow on Wednesday after temperatures dropped to as low as -3 degrees Celsius in the northern regions of the country. The region usually receives moderate rainfall until October, though the showers have continued to prevail.
Professor Abdallah al-Musanad, professor of climate science at Qassim University, told Alarabiya.net that this is the second rainfall this season, even though 40 days have passed since the rain season ended.
Last year, 18 people were killed in Saudi Arabia because of floods in the month of April.
Municipalities in the eastern cities of Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar and Qatif are expected to use drainage stations and tanks to collect rain and keep the streets dry to tackle the unexpected weather change.
But for now, people in Saudi are taking pleasure in the sudden weather change.
And some Saudis decided to make the most of the snowfall with one person spotted skating on the icy roads.
Many grabbed videos showing the rare frosty scene as sand dunes were layered with snow.