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More stormy weather on the way for several Saudi regions

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  • Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in Riyadh and nearby provinces
  • Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains

JEDDAH: Residents across Saudi Arabia will have to brace for yet another week of rough weather as authorities predict stormy conditions in a number of the Kingdom’s regions.
Heavy thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds will be a feature for the week ahead in most central, northern and eastern parts of the country, meteorologists predict.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in the capital, Riyadh, and the surrounding areas, as well as in the nearby provinces of Qassim and Hail.
There is a similar picture in the east of the country, where larger cities such as Dammam,  Khober, and Al-Ahsa, will see the possibility of moderate to heavy rainfall.
Madinah is expected to witness downpours from Tuesday to Thursday.
Al-Baha and Al-Asir, two southern regions, will see moderate rainfall, expecting to grow in intensity on Wednesday.
Authorities in the west-coast city of Jeddah have said they are continuing to deal with over 200 locations effected by rainwater, after stormy weather this week.
Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains.
Last week, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection issued a “code red” warning of heavy thunderstorms and dust storms in the Eastern Region. Several other regions had to deal with adverse weather conditions, including Tabuk, in the north, where there was a risk of snow in elevated areas.
The country’s electricity provider had to apologize, last week, to residents of Rafhaa after the severe weather caused power cuts.
Authorities have issued several warnings to residents to avoid valleys and exercise caution when driving in the rain, advising motorist to provide enough stopping distance on wet roads.
Bad weather accompanied by torrential rains and flash flooding has hit several countries in the region, including Jordan where 12 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 tourists forced to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra.
In Neighboring Kuwait, one man died after being swept away attempting to rescue his family from floods.
The ministries of oil and electricity as well as several oil companies announced a state of emergency, and the government held an urgent cabinet session on Saturday morning.

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Governor of South Sinai, Khaled Fouda, announced the decision during a ceremony that was held to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

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