Al-Wasim season draws near with steady dip in temperatures

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Updated 10 October 2020

Al-Wasim season draws near with steady dip in temperatures

  • Throughout history, Arabs have looked forward to Al-Wasim, a season of rain and weather changes, which comes after months of heat, drought, and air stability

RIYADH: Al-Wasim season, which marks the beginning of autumn in the Kingdom, will start on Monday with a steady dip in temperatures, according to Saudi astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq.
In a tweet, the expert said the season, which lasts for almost 52 days, was considered the mildest in the Arab world and Gulf areas.
“We are living in a transitional phase and with Al-Wasim season approaching, the temperature in general in the Gulf countries will be between 25 and 35 degrees.
“While Al-Wasim season approaches, humidity starts to decrease on all Gulf coasts. Al-Wasim indicators are still weak in the northern, central, and eastern regions of Saudi Arabia.
“The weather is refreshed in parts of the western region such as Makkah, Madinah, and Taif. It is semi-refreshed in the southwest part of the Kingdom in Jazan, Asir, and Taif, and is active on Oman’s coasts,” Al-Zaaq added. The current season of Suhail, known as Canopus in English, usually extends over a period of 53 days.
Suhail is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and the third-brightest star in the night sky after Sirius and the Sun.
The Arabian calendar is lunar as it corresponds to change of season when it comes to harvest, summer, and winter, and other changes in weather and environmental circumstance.
The other 12 seasons on this lunar calendar are Merbeaaniyah, Shabat, Aqaarib, Hamim, Theraan, Kanna, Thurayyah, Tawbee, first and second Jawza, Merzam, and Klaibain.

BACKGROUND

• While Al-Wasim season approaches, humidity starts to decrease on all Gulf coasts.

• The weather is refreshed in parts of the western region such as Makkah, Madinah, and Taif.

Throughout history, Arabs have looked forward to Al-Wasim, a season of rain and weather changes, which comes after months of heat, drought, and air stability.
Seasonal signs include migratory birds passing over the Arabian Peninsula, the start of the honey harvest, cloud movements observed from west to east, mild weather especially during the night, and waves of dust that slowly descend toward the entire region.
This year, due to COVID-19 and nationwide lockdown, citizens have been discovering the natural wonders of the Kingdom by traveling to local destinations, camping in the cool southwestern mountains, picnicking under the stars at Wadi Hanifah in Diriyah, and biking.
Sarah Hasan, a Saudi public-school teacher, said that she had enjoyed having picnics in her neighborhood park.
“Since the weather started to cool down at night, I have been taking my kids to the park near my house every Thursday,” she told Arab News.
“I believe that parks in general are much safer for my kids during the pandemic. You can apply social distancing easily in a park. The park’s playground is sometimes crowded, so my kids take their own bikes and toys and I do some jogging.”


Saudi Arabia confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, 217 new cases

Updated 29 November 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, 217 new cases

  • The Kingdom said 386 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 75

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 14 new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 5,884.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 217 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 357,128 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 4,835 remain active and 674 in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 75, followed by Makkah with 35, Madinah with 29, the Eastern Province recorded 18, and Qassim confirmed 14 cases.
The ministry also announced that 386 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 346,409.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 62 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.45 million.