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Saudi Arabia shivers from record cold spell, temperature drops to -5C


Published on February 14, 2020 at 00.01

The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008.

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Saudi Arabia is experiencing its coldest weather since 2016, meteorologists said on Thursday, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in the country's north over the past two days.- SPA
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In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius, according to the weather services. It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq.- Reuters
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In the capital Riyadh, the temperature dipped close to zero and the streets were deserted on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.- reuters
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"The country is experiencing its most intense cold snap since 2016," Hassan Abdallah from the Wasm meteorological centre, said on Thursday, February 13.- SPA
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In neighbouring Iraq, where summers are also scorching, Baghdad residents woke up on Tuesday to find the city carpeted in white from only its second snowfall in a century.- SPA
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The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008.- SPA
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