2012 Arab News
2012-03-03 Tabuk cleaning up after heavy snowfall and rain
Published: Mar 3, 2012 23:44 Updated: Mar 3, 2012 23:44

Heavy snowfall and rain hit the northern border region of Tabuk at around 3 p.m. Friday. The Border Guards acted on the directives of Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan to provide aid and assistance to citizens and residents. Top Border Guard officials supervised the preparations taken to face the heavy snow and rains, confirming patrols continued to work under all circumstances to protect the borders of the Kingdom.

The region of Tabuk is well known for its desert climate that is hot and dry in summer and cool and rainy in winter. The maximum temperature in summer reaches 43 degrees Celsius, but in winter temperatures drop to 15 degrees during the day and 7 degrees at night, sometimes below zero. The region is affected by the Mediterranean climate, and sometimes temperatures drop to a point where it leads to snowfall. The region has a rate of 55 mm of rain but suffers from a lack of rainfall in the winter.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment expected a significant drop in temperatures yesterday in the north and east of the Kingdom including the Riyadh region, accompanied by an activity in surface winds that raise dust and reduce visibility to less than one kilometer, stretching to the region of Najran.

The presidencys daily report on weather conditions said light rains would fall in the northern areas of Qurayat and Turaif while there would be clouds in the southern highlands, with a chance of frost in the early morning hours in Qurayat, Turaif and Arar. The report predicted the movement of wind over the Red Sea would be northwesterly to northerly at 20 to 40 km per hour in the afternoon.

The projections indicate the movement of wind over the Gulf will be northwesterly at 20 to 40 km per hour in the afternoon.

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