Large sandstorm hits capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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A huge sandstorm hit capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 12:15 local time on February 19, 2019, dropping down visibility and causing substantial traffic delays.

The storm was accompanied by wind speeds reaching 40 km/h (25 mph). It affected temperatures across the city, with a maximum at 19 °C (66.2 °F) and minimum at 6 °C (42.8 °F).

The Ministry of Health and Civil Defence urged people with respiratory conditions to avoid going outside.

The police warned motorists to drive slowly, use headlights and exercise extra caution.

Featured image: Sandstorm hits Riyadh on February 19, 2019. Credit: WeatherSA

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