Rainy weather expected in many parts of Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

Heavy rainfall, as seen in Mahayel, Asir, starting Thursday evening and lasting until Monday, is forecast for much of the country. (Spa)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Rainy weather expected in many parts of Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

  • Thundershowers from medium to heavy are expected on the heights in Jazan, Asir, and Al-Baha, to extend to the heights of Makkah, and its eastern parts, as well as Riyadh and Qasim.
  • Prior to rains, surface winds are expected to stir dust and sand, limiting horizontal visibility.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection predicts the weather to be rainy starting Thursday evening and is expected to last until Monday.

Thundershowers from medium to heavy are expected on the heights in Jazan, Asir, and Al-Baha, to extend to the heights of Makkah, and its eastern parts, as well as Riyadh and Qasim.

Prior to rains, surface winds are expected to stir dust and sand, limiting horizontal visibility.

Medium thunderstorms are also expected in Hail and the heights in Madinah and Tabuk, as well as the northern areas of the Eastern Region.


Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

Updated 56 min 22 sec ago
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Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

  • Over 1.89 million Hajjis, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities
  • Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday

MAKKAH: The operation to transport pilgrims from the holy city of Makkah to Mina went successfully, the Hajj ministry said.

Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, who was coordinating officials at the ministry with the preparation work for the coming days, hoped the rest of the Hajj operations would go smoothly. 

“Transporting pilgrims was done in a very smooth and simple manner,” Mashat told Arab News, “17,000 busses were used to transport pilgrims from Makkah,” he added.

The deputy minister talked of the logistics of getting the pilgrim’s to their tents and the facilities provided to them.

Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday for an emotional day on and around Jabal Rahma, on Arafat’s great plain.

The ministry has also urged the pilgrims to follow the scheduled provided to them to avoid the dangers caused by overcrowding. 

Over 1.89 million Hajjis, both foreign and domestic, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities.