RIYADH: The National Center of Meteorology has forecast dust storms and thunderstorms in various parts of Saudi Arabia, including the Saudi capital, this week amid the ongoing Eid Al-Fitr holidays.
Issuing its forecast report for the weather in the Kingdom on Tuesday, the center said that a dust storm is forecasted in some parts of Tabuk, the Northern Borders, Jouf, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, while the chance of thunderstorms is high in some parts in the heights of Jazan, Asir and Baha.
Surface wind movement in the Red Sea will be southeasterly to southerly on the northern part at a speed of 15-35 kph, while in the Arabian Gulf it will be northwesterly at a speed of 20-40 kph.
The center said that the heights of Jazan, Asir, Baha and Makkah would witness some thunderstorms, while dusty winds would be active in parts of Tabuk, Jouf, the Northern Borders and Hail on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dusty winds would extend their impact on Thursday to Qassim, the eastern parts of Madinah, the northern parts of Riyadh and the Eastern Province.
It is expected that the coastal parts of the Makkah and Madinah regions will witness humid weather on Monday and Tuesday.
Riyadh on Tuesday had mostly sunny skies with the maximum temperature recorded at 37 degrees Celsius, well below the 40-degree average for this time of year, whereas the minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius.
Humidity in the Saudi capital was pegged at 12 percent.