Rainy weather expected in many parts of Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

Heavy rainfall, as seen in Mahayel, Asir, starting Thursday evening and lasting until Monday, is forecast for much of the country. (Spa)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Rainy weather expected in many parts of Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

  • Thundershowers from medium to heavy are expected on the heights in Jazan, Asir, and Al-Baha, to extend to the heights of Makkah, and its eastern parts, as well as Riyadh and Qasim.
  • Prior to rains, surface winds are expected to stir dust and sand, limiting horizontal visibility.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection predicts the weather to be rainy starting Thursday evening and is expected to last until Monday.

Thundershowers from medium to heavy are expected on the heights in Jazan, Asir, and Al-Baha, to extend to the heights of Makkah, and its eastern parts, as well as Riyadh and Qasim.

Prior to rains, surface winds are expected to stir dust and sand, limiting horizontal visibility.

Medium thunderstorms are also expected in Hail and the heights in Madinah and Tabuk, as well as the northern areas of the Eastern Region.


Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif patronizes the military parade. (SPA)
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Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s interior minister patronized a military parade of the Hajj security forces on Monday.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, who is also the Chairman of the Higher Hajj Committee, reviewed preparations to serve the pilgrims, who are continuing to arrive in the Kingdom ahead of the annual pilgrimage. Their numbers are expected to reach the millions.
The Kingdom’s security forces are sparing no efforts to maintain a safe environment for the Hajjis.
Prince Abdulaziz affirmed the preparedness of all sectors involved in securing this year's Hajj.

The minister reviewed the special mechanisms, armored vehicles and security aviation on deployment
During the ceremony, Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, assistant minister of interior for operations affairs, said "the forces have begun their duties in Mecca, the holy sites, Medinah and all the outlets and roads leading to the Hajj ritual areas.
The duties of the security forces fall in line with the directives of King Salman, followed up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and under the direct supervision of the Minister of Interior.
Gen. Al-Qahtani stressed the readiness of the forces, in coordination with Saudi ministries and other bodies, to maintain the security of pilgrims and facilitate their Hajj.