Watch: Cars stuck on 'snowy' roads, residents play in hail; extreme weather hits Saudi Arabia

Videos on social media show gleeful residents stepping out and recording their experiences on roads blanketed with hail, thrilled at the sight of the unusual weather

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Anjali Garg

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Screengrab: Twitter/Storm Centre
Screengrab: Twitter/Storm Centre

Published: Wed 19 Apr 2023, 10:28 PM

Last updated: Mon 26 Jun 2023, 7:02 AM

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been experiencing a rare phenomenon recently, with several parts of the country enjoying an unprecedented hail storm. Videos circulating on social media show gleeful residents stepping out and filming themselves on roads blanketed with hail, thrilled at the sight of the unusual weather.

A video posted by weather-related handle Storm Centre shows cars halted on roads as pools of muddy rainwater trickle into adjacent areas, covered by a thick blanket of snow-like hail. Clutching an umbrella, a delighted resident films the ground, on which he and his friend operating the camera have written phrases.


Large footprints are clearly visible on the snowy blanket, and as the man filming the scene turns the camera on himself, his friend pelts him with a fistful of hail.

Another video shows a car moving through puddles of rain and hail as the resident behind the wheel attempts to navigate through the unstable weather.


A third video shows a man fashioning what appears to be a snowball out of the hail, as stalled cars in the background slowly leave the area.

As the long Eid Al Fitr weekend rolls closer, temperatures here in the UAE are expected to gradually increase from Thursday (April 20) to Monday (April 24), according to the National Center of Meterology. While no rain is expected on the first two days of Eid, there is a probability of light rainfall on Sunday and Monday.

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