Sandstorm hits Riyadh, rain tipped for Makkah

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Sandstorms shrouded a number of cities in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, in dust on Tuesday. (AN Photo)
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Sandstorms shrouded a number of cities in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, in dust on Tuesday. (AN Photo)
Updated 14 August 2019

Sandstorm hits Riyadh, rain tipped for Makkah

  • Rain showers with strong winds have been forecast for parts of the Madinah highlands
  • Wind speeds of up to 34 km per hour were recorded in Riyadh

RIYADH: Sandstorms shrouded a number of cities in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, in dust on Tuesday, while rain and thunderstorms were forecast for western and southern parts of the Kingdom.

Strong, dust-laden winds and thunderstorms are likely in the Jazan, Asir, Baha and Makkah regions, including Makkah city and the holy sites, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection said.

Widespread dust storms are predicted in Najran and parts of the central region.

Moderate to heavy thunderstorms accompanied by widespread dust will limit visibility in these regions, the meteorology authority’s website warned.

Rain showers with strong winds have been forecast for parts of the Madinah highlands, it added.

The authority said that the surface wind movement in the Red Sea is westerly-southerly to westerly-northerly at 16-38 km per hour, while surface wind movement in the Arabian Gulf is easterly-southerly to southerly at 14-36 km per hour.

A rise in humidity in the eastern region has also been forecast.

The road safety authority and Saudi Highway Security warned drivers in the Riyadh region to exercise caution due to poor visibility caused by dust.

People with respiratory problems were also advised to avoid going outside where possible because of the risks of breathing problems associated with sandstorms.

Wind speeds of up to 34 km per hour were recorded in Riyadh.

Though not infrequent at this time of year, the sandstorm brought unfavorable conditions, with a maximum temperature of 43 C and a minimum of 31 C.

Relative humidity in Riyadh was low at 8 percent.


Tatweer opens registration for new academic year in Saudi Arabia

In the next four years, the company aims to provide services for 1.2 million students throughout the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 58 min 38 sec ago

Tatweer opens registration for new academic year in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education’s school transport service provider asked families to register their children for the upcoming academic year via their website’s Noor system.
They can access the school transport page on the Tatweer Education Holding Co. website to fill in the required data for registration. The company said that the service will be limited to registered students based on priority and entitlement criteria.
Tatweer said that it had simplified the registration process, which can be completed online or through supervisors of the transport service in government schools.
The company added that parents can communicate with a supervisor for any inquiries related to the service by calling 8001231000 for free.
They can also email [email protected] or get in touch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
In the next four years, the company aims to provide services for 1.2 million students throughout the Kingdom.