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Sudden snowfall in parts of Saudi Arabia brings joy to locals

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The icy temperatures in parts of the Saudi Arabia have covered its desert sand with powdery snow. With the temperatures dropping below freezing, Saudis are reacting with a healthy dosage of humor, and even a few snowmen.

Actually, the frigid temperatures and extensive snow is a sudden treat for Saudi Arabia’s central and northwest regions. Usually, they see high temperatures of around 20° C (68° F), even in the November (cold season).

People have taken to social media to put across their feelings on the winter surprise. Here’s how they have reacted:

While some drivers didn’t seem too confident on the slick streets, with an image showing a pile of cars pulled over on the side of the street, others opted to play in the snow rather than drive.

Notably, Saudis faced condemnation earlier in January 2015 by a cleric when they took part in the activity during a freak snowfall. The cleric called it sinful and ‘anti-Islamic’ and issued a fatwa (religious ruling) forbidding the activity.

However, his view was clearly not shared by everyone in the nation.

The snowfall came as temperatures fallen at -3 ° C (26.6 ° F) in the Al-Jawf region and -1 ° C (30.2 ° F) in the northern province of Al-Quryat, as per a report in Saudi Gazette.


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