Jeddah: Saudi Arabia reels under cold conditions as the minimum temperature has gone below freezing point across many cities in the country. The current weather condition may stay for next 40 days.
With regards to lowest temperatures, Ha'il ranked first, according to the early warning center of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME). Its temperature fell to three below zero and Turaif recorded two below zero with Al-Qurrayat and Sakaka recording one degree below zero.
Mansour Al-Mazroui considers 2015 as a year of environmental changes pointing to the presence of many unusual climatic phenomena this year. He is director of the Climate Research Center at King Abdul Aziz University.
“Climate changes that have been seen on the local, Arabic and regional levels include low temperatures in addition to rain and wind,” Al-Mazroui said.
Al-Mazroui does not see Saudi climate in isolation from the global climate. “The increased fluctuations of temperatures on the surface of the Pacific Ocean during the past decades have influenced the climate in a number of countries,” he said.