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Saudi warns of thunderstorms, strong winds across the country

Saudi warns of thunderstorms, strong winds across the country

A warning has been issued of the possibility of flooding in Riyadh

Heavy rains, thunderstorms and strong winds will continue across Saudi Arabia on Monday, with reduced visibility forecast in several parts of the country.

The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection (MEPA), predicted that thunderstorms accompanied by active winds will be witnessed in the eastern regions of Riyadh, Qassim, and Hail, as well as the regions of Jazan and Asir, and the coastal parts in Baha and Makkah.

MEPA also issued an advance warning stating thunderstorms in the Riyadh region, accompanied by rains and dusty winds, could lead to flooding, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Meanwhile partly cloudy conditions with the possibility of rain is anticipated in parts of the Jouf and northern borders, with fog expected during the early hours of the night and early morning in the area.

The kingdom has been hit by severe rains and flooding in the last few weeks, with some regions in the mountains also witnessing snow.

Read more: Heavy rains, snow forecast for Saudi, thunderstorms continue in Kuwait

Stormy weather conditions have also been reported in the other parts of the Middle East.

Read: Weather alert: More rains, reduced visibility in the UAE

Twelve people died in heavy rains and flooding in parts of Jordan on Friday while one person was also killed due to floods in Kuwait.

Also read: Floods kill one in Kuwait a day after minister resigned

On Sunday, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered an emergency airlift of humanitarian aid to help those affected by the floods in Jordan.

A 747 jumbo jet and a C130 Hercules transport carrier took off from Dubai during the night carrying more than 58 tonnes of health, nutrition, and sanitation supplies, as well as temporary shelters.

The planes landed in Jordan early morning on Monday.

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