Meteorology warns of thunderstorms, rain over Makkah, Najran and Eastern region

Lightning strikes over Jeddah skyline on November 17, 2015. (Reuters)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Meteorology warns of thunderstorms, rain over Makkah, Najran and Eastern region

  • The authority warned residents in Makkah and Najran of thunder rains accompanied by dust-lifting winds
  • The authority warned residents of the Eastern Region of thunder rains and dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia has said that thunderstorms and rain are expected over the regions of Makkah, Najran and the Eastern Region.
The authority warned residents in Makkah of thunder rains accompanied by dust-lifting winds in the city and its nearby areas, including Taif, Turba, Al-Khorma, Meysan, and Beni Saad.
Thunder rains are also expected in Najran and Habouna, accompanied by dust-lifting winds as well.
The weather forecast is expected to begin in those areas at 12pm local time on Sunday and will continue until 1am on Monday.
The authority warned residents of the Eastern Region of thunder rains and dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility.
This will be affecting the regions of Dammam, Dharan, Baqeeq, Ihsaa, Qatif and its nearby areas.
These weather condition are forecast to start at 10am Sunday and would last until 5pm the same day.
Najran will also experience dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility starting 7:20 p.m. on Sunday and will continue until Monday evening.
In Al-Baha region, the authority said mild to heavy thunderstorms accompanied by hail and active dusty winds that could lead to a torrential runoff.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.